Perspectives are essays on big ideas by leading writers, each given free rein and a modest word limit to reframe an issue of great contemporary interest.

The series is edited by economist and author Diane Coyle, who is the author of several books, including The Economics of Enough (2011), The Soulful Science (2007), Sex, Drugs and Economics (2002) and Paradoxes of Prosperity (2001). She is also the founder of Enlightenment Economics, a consultancy specializing in the economic and social effects of new technologies.

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Driverless Cars: On A Road to Nowhere

Wolmar's entertaining polemic sets out the many technical, legal and moral problems that obstruct the path to a driverless future, and debunks many of the myths around that future's purported benefits. More

The Weaponization of Trade: The Great Unbalancing of Politics and Economics

Trade is being weaponized – and this isn’t good. As politicians on both sides of the Atlantic raise the stakes, trade is increasingly a tool of coercion to achieve ... More

Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us

Technology is changing money and this book looks at where it might be taking us. Technology has transformed money from physical objects to intangible information. With ... More

Britain's Cities, Britain's Future

Why did Britain’s cities – once the engines of the industrial revolution and the envy of the world – decline so dramatically? What is fuelling their tentative revival? And what needs to be done if ... More

Travel Fast or Smart? A Manifesto for an Intelligent Transport Policy

Britain does not have a coherent transport policy, and conventional transport economics has reached a dead end. A transport policy should incorporate ... More

Are Trams Socialist? Why Britain Has No Transport Policy

Transport is key to our daily lives and yet it is a most neglected field of politics. Britain has never had a coherent transport policy. More

A Better Politics: How Government Can Make Us Happier

The aim of this book is to inspire a better politics: one that will enable future generations to be happier. Greater well-being and better health should be the goals, rather than ... More

Bad Habits, Hard Choices: Using the Tax System to Make Us Healthier

Consumers in Britain face a curious mix of taxes and duties that are messy, opaque and out of date. They are also unfair: the poorer you are, the more More

Housing: Where's the Plan?

Housing is a fundamental necessity, and yet it is generally acknowledged that we have a ‘housing crisis’ in the UK... More

Identity is the New Money

This book argues that identity is changing profoundly and that money is changing equally profoundly. More

Why Fight Poverty?

Julia Unwin’s book Why Fight Poverty? asks a provocative question. Calls to end poverty date back centuries. Even in prosperous modern times, despite the huge transformation of society, poverty has persisted. More

Rediscovering Growth: After the Crisis

Andrew Sentance’s book Rediscovering Growth: After the Crisis focuses on the economic challenges facing the West, among them the shift of geopolitical power to Asia and the aftermath of the crisis. More

Reinventing London

In Reinventing London Bridget Rosewell asks how London's economy might be developed after the financial crisis. More

The BRIC Road to Growth

In The BRIC Road to Growth Jim O’Neill calls for an urgent overhaul of global economic governance to reflect the reality of the economic power of the BRIC countries and others, especially Korea. More