Tuesday, March 09, 2010

British historians on deficits and budgets

History and Policy is a British website in which historians attempt to influence public policy discussions with historical information. A case in point is the recent argument by historian Glen O'Hara (supported by 19 other scholars) that an analysis of historical levels of British public debt suggests that deep and immediate "cuts" in public spending are unnecessary and unjustified. Agree or disagree, it's an impressive example of historians using specifically historical information in public policy debate.

Here in Canada, Active History espouses some of the same ambitions, and cited History and Policy as a model. Currently, it is featuring Foucault and the politics of memory for first year undergraduates. Chacun à son gout, I suppose.
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