Plato suggested we leave complex things to experts and Aristotle suggested we leave them to the people. That tension has carried through to modern debates about where expertise belongs.
The South African budget speech echoed the theme of rebuilding set out by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address.
Developing a map of African countries' water poverty levels offers a transparent analysis for policymakers, governments and organisations that deal with water issues.
The promised marijuana legalization date of July 2018 is approaching fast. Many outstanding regulatory issues -- such as online sales and occupational health and safety -- pose urgent challenges.
A new survey shows economic studies frequently report effects to be much larger than they actually are, leading to inflated claims about policy effectiveness and public benefit.
There were some African food security initiatives from 2017 that deserve a special mention for the precedent they set.
Linking policymakers with research relevant for implementing the SDGs is difficult. But building strong relationships between them and researchers is a good place to start.
The effects of terrorism in one country spill over across national borders to reduce the trade of other nations. This reduction in trade is long lived and may make it harder to combat terrorism.
Behavioural economics is severely limited in its approach to inequality. Fortunately, other psychological approaches are better suited.
What would you prefer: spleen diet, fish custard, or a modern prison meal?
The current retirement system is unsustainable. We could learn from the way higher education is funded.
Australians are in favour of housing affordability changes that the government still doesn't support, an ANU poll shows.
The restaurant chain may well be trying to head off union pressure and sidestep collective action ... but a win is a win.
The NDIS roll-out has been criticised for many glitches, but that doesn't mean the scheme is failing.
Migrants keep going back to the vilified go-betweens that can get them construction jobs or domestic work.
The economic transformation discussion document released by South Africa's governing party, the ANC, fails to be radical.
South African President, Jacob Zuma, wasted lots of time and space in cheap politicking instead of galvanising South Africans to work together for a better future.
Theresa May's plan to boost UK competitiveness risks exposing flaws in the higher education sector.
Research has shed new light on whether we prefer policies that would benefit ourselves or our descendants.
South Africa's economic challenges of 2016 are largely a reflection of its inability to change in the light of global shocks.