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Explaining Productivity and Growth in Europe, America and Asia


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Explaining Productivity and Growth in Europe, America and Asia

What are the determinants and consequences of productivity growth? This question was at the heart of the csge research programme Explaining Productivity and Growth in Europe, America and Asia and is of fundamental importance for firms in Europe (and of course in the rest of the world), governments, policy-makers and societies as a whole. It is also a multi-faceted question and one that has been difficult to approach, except perhaps piecemeal and at a purely national level, largely because of a lack of robust data. So the building of an unprecedented database of information about management, environmental and technological practices – across firms, industries and countries – was essential for the successful shaping of the programme.


By AGF, UK and Germany.


Business Policy Resource.


The Anglo-German Foundation will cease operations on 4 December 2009

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After thirty-six years, over 1,000 project grants, 600 publications and 400 networking events, the Anglo-German Foundation will cease operations on 4 December 2009.

The Foundation’s work has had a substantial impact in research and policy circles since it was established in 1973. It was created by the British and German governments to serve two objectives. The first – urgently needed, in the year in which Britain joined what is now the European Union – was to improve mutual knowledge between the two countries. The second was to deepen our understanding of modern industrial society and its problems.


By AGF, UK, Germany


Business Policy Resource.

Trading Up’: Improving and extending the European carbon market

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‘Trading Up’: Improving and extending the European carbon market

The 2007 Spring European Council in early March decided to target a 20% cut in greenhouse gas (GHG) production by 2020, compared to 1990 levels. The Council also allowed for a 30% cut if an international agreement is reached. This sets a new challenge for policy makers in Europe. Thus the timing of the sixth British-German Environment Forum in Berlin on 26–27 March 2007 - with the aim of developing ideas and consensus to move forward the policy debate on solutions to climate change, and in particular the carbon market – could hardly have been better.


By AGF,UK and Germany.


Business Policy Resource.


'Live Working or Die Fighting: How the working class went class went global' with Paul Mason

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'Live Working or Die Fighting: How the working class went class went global' with Paul Mason.

In his latest book, Paul Mason argues that globalisation has created a whole new working class who are reliving stories that were first played out more than a century ago. Paul recounts the story of the emergence of this class alongside the history of the global labour movement, from its formation in the factories of the 1800s to its near destruction by fascism in the 1930s. .


By IPPRUK,


Business Policy Resource.


Competition Commission risks failing statutory duty in supermarket inquiry, says nef

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Competition Commission risks failing statutory duty in supermarket inquiry, says nef

The Competition Commission risks failing to examine the grocery market in line with its statutory duties, says nef, in its' response to the Commission’s Emerging Thinking. Obliged by law to defend the interests of both present and future consumers from the adverse effects of market failure, nef fears that the Commission’s approach is based on inadequate evidence and a failure to protect the interests of all consumer groups for access to a full range of shopping experiences, including independent local stores and street markets. The current loss of both undermines choice and innovation, which are measures of consumer detriment as defined by the Enterprise Act 2002.


By NEF, UK.


Business Policy Resource.


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