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William H. Janeway

William H. Janeway

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William H. Janeway, a special limited partner at the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus, is an affiliated lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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  1. What’s Breaking Democracy?
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    What’s Breaking Democracy?

    Sep 16, 2022 William H. Janeway traces the historical roots of the West’s current problems to the rise of neoliberalism in the 1970s.

  2. The Forgotten Origins of Silicon Valley
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    The Forgotten Origins of Silicon Valley

    Apr 15, 2022 William H. Janeway shows how the venture capital industry has always piggybacked on US government investment.

  3. An Entrepreneur and a Swindler
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    An Entrepreneur and a Swindler

    Jan 13, 2022 William H. Janeway considers what Elizabeth Holmes’s fraud conviction says about the state of the broader innovation economy.

  4. Capital Is Not a Strategy
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    Capital Is Not a Strategy

    Jan 6, 2022 William H. Janeway thinks investors and entrepreneurs should recognize that the current financial environment can't last forever.

  5. The Evolution of American Capitalism
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    The Evolution of American Capitalism

    Aug 27, 2021 William H. Janeway reviews a major new work of economic history spanning the colonial era to the present.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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