Business & Economics

Is Big Money Influencing Science? 🔊

Raising big money is a relatively new phenomenon in academia. How did science, government, and industry become so entwined with one another and what has it meant for scholarly research? Big money has supported cross-institution collaborations researching both medicine...

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Is Our Economy Undermining the Green Revolution? 🔊

Are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or, worse, do they actually harm it? In her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, journalist Heather Rogers explores whether 'green' products such as carbon offsets,...

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What Are the Challenges of Negotiating Trade Liberalisation?

By Stephen Hoadley Given the number of free trade agreements that New Zealand has concluded during the past decade, from China to Taiwan to the Pacific Islands to the Middle East, one might suppose negotiating new ones will get easier. Not so. I have just published a...

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Are There Blood Minerals in Your Phone?

What is the relationship between minerals (such as oil, diamonds and gold) and conflict, authoritarianism and poverty? Scholars have spent years studying how the so-called extractive industries - mining and drilling - impact people's lives, their governance, and the...

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Can Cooperatives Transform the Nature of Work? 🔊

Maria Armoudian talks to author Jessica Gordon Nembhard about worker-owned cooperatives and whether they can transform workers' lives and livelihoods. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is an associate professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the...

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What Is the Celebrity Industrial Complex? 🔊

What is the celebrity industrial complex? How does it impact our democracies, our culture and our society? Joining us to discuss the celebrity industrial complex and the issues that arise from it are Joshua Gamson​, David Gilles and P. David Marshall.

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Should Corporations Have a Public Purpose? 🔊

Should corporations put public before profit? Once upon a time, corporations were required to have a public purpose and once they fulfilled it, they were dissolved. How did we get to where we are today & what does it mean for democracy? Professors Richard Abrams, Paul Pierson and Scott Bowman join Dr. Maria Armoudian to discuss how the corporation became what it is today and what that means for the polity.

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