Rodrik wins Asturias Award for Social Sciences

first_imgThe jury noted Rodrik’s 2011 book, “The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy,” which created one of his most popular theses: the “trilemma” of international politics. According to this thesis, it is not possible for a country to combine its integration into the global economy, democracy and state sovereignty at the same time; given the situation of the system, it must renounce one of the three options. Since its formulation, the jury said, the trilemma has become one of the most referenced ideas in the international debate on economic theory.Rodrik is co-director of Economics for Inclusive Prosperity (EfIP), a network of economists committed to achieving a fairer financial system and a more equitable society. He also forms part of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a nongovernmental organization that provides economic education in developing areas.Organized by the Princess of Asturias Foundation, the Social Sciences award is one of eight categories, including literature, science, the arts and sports, handed out annually. Previous Social Sciences laureates include Junger Habermas, Paul Krugman, Michael Sandel, and Mary Robinson.Winners receive 50,000 euros ($56,400) and a Joan Miró sculpture. Dani Rodrik, the Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government, has been bestowed the 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.The jury awarded the honor to Rodrik, one of the world’s leading experts in political economy, trade, and globalization, for his work that has “led economic analysis and political economy to a territory closer to reality,” and has made international economy “compatible with peace, as well as with the reduction of poverty and inequality.”In its citation, the jury of the prestigious Spanish award said that Rodrik “has strengthened the rigor in the analysis of the dynamics of the globalization of international economic relations,” and his contributions have made the economic system “much more sensitive to the needs of society.”Born in Istanbul, Rodrik, 62, obtained his bachelor of arts in 1979 from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1985. He joined the Kennedy School of Government in 1996.“This is a great, and unexpected, honor,” said Rodrik in a statement posted on the site of the Spanish foundation. “My great hope is that some of the ideas that the prize recognizes will be useful in the reconstruction of the world economy after the pandemic that we badly need.”An early critic of unregulated globalization, Rodrik has written more than 20 books on globalization, economic growth, development, and political economy. Among his most influential books are “Has Globalization Gone Too Far? “Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science,” “The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy,” and “Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy.” “My great hope is that some of the ideas that the prize recognizes will be useful in the reconstruction of the world economy after the pandemic that we badly need.” — Dani Rodriklast_img read more

Inside Conditions…The more things change, the more they remain the same

first_img(Bradenton, Fla.)—Today is March 11, 2013 my 60th birthday or as former President of the United States the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt would say, “a day in infamy.”  Just the day before I, arrived in Tampa Bay and spent the day with my cousin Dr. Ramon Bruce, freshly retired from the Veterans Administration. “Doc” Bruce is a gentleman and a scholar who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn; I offered him my condolences with a smile. The genealogy of Dr. Bruce springs from the Bruce Tuskegee lineage; but you know what? Baseball and sports are like families in many ways, the more things change, the more things stay the same. Many things have changed since I began to cover MLB many years ago. I won’t say what year it was because it would be telling my age. Oops my bad, I already told my age.  However I continue to feel sorta, kinda lonely “upstairs” because  on this particular afternoon there is not one, not one speck of color in the press box besides me, oh except for the janitor. Sometimes it gets lonesome here at the top and believe me “being at the top” does not mean anything arrogant, insolent or egotistical; I am just stating the obvious. I am at the bottom rung of those who sit up top. Don’t try to blame this “continuing phenomenon” on anyone or anything because this is not the fault of MLB; but please answer this one question for me. Where in the hell are all of the professional baseball writers?  I know when teams from “chocolate cities” compete there are writers with more than ample amounts of “melanin” sprinkled throughout the “box.”  When I awoke at the crack of dawn semi-lamenting my charge into my sixties, I realize the more things change, the more they remain the same.  At this point the boys of summer are now the boys of semi-spring. They are ugly caterpillars ready to emerge from the cocoon of the losing. Pirates’ pitcher Jeff Locke who came over from the Atlanta Braves entered the game with a 2-1 record and a 3.60 ERA starting 3 games so far in the Pirates “grapefruit league” season. Even though his location wasn’t as sharp as he would have liked it to be he remained optimistic. “Since I have come over [from the Braves] everything has been better, from my routine, to my work ethic.” he said. “Maybe I was younger over there, now I’m maturing.” AUBREY BRUCElast_img read more