Transition – Spring 2013

Issue No. 6

“Welcome to this semester’s offering of Insight, which is based on the theme of ‘Transition’. The combined ills of recession, unemployment and falling incomes have dominated newspaper headlines since the decade began, and rightly so. A consequence of our myopic desire to kick-start the ailing economy, however, is that discussion surrounding the sort of system that we really want – one that can combine prosperity for all whilst promoting the interests of future generations – has been severely curtailed.

This issue asks you to consider again how we get from our current state of social and economic malaise to that once promised brighter future.

The Transition section begins and ends with passionate and level-headed calls for a radical rethinking of how we conduct our Iives, interact with our fellow human beings and regard the natural world. In between, our writers consider issues as diverse as long-term banking reform, development in Africa and innovation in China. Although tackled in a distinct fashion, perhaps such topics are much more interconnected than we might at first think. To round off the theme, the magazine ends with a review of a proposed “Great Transition”. What future will you choose?

Our Comment section continues by offering an array of economic analysis and polemical argument. Articles on the music industry, gender inequality and football are complemented by considerations of international finance and critiques of French and German politics. My personal highlight comes in the Academic section, in which the University of Edinburgh’s very own Martin Chick discusses his work as an Economic Historian.

I would again like to extend my thanks to the entire editorial team, the writers and illustrators on whose hard work this magazine depends. The Economics Society and the School o f Economics have once again been our faithful partners, whilst the Illustration and Design Editor have combined to produce the amazing finished product you read before you. Special thanks must go out to our new Online Editor, who has been instrumental in setting up our new website provided on the opposite page.

In keeping with the theme o f this semester’s issue,

Insight itself is now entering a transitional period. All of this year’s editorial team will be graduating, and so the search for new editors, writers and illustrators begins now.

If you’d like to get m valved, or if you have any feedback on this issue, please get in touch – an email is provided on the opposite page. On behalf of the en tire Insight team, to readers old and new, thank you for reading.

– Letter from the 2012-2013 Editor-in-Chief, Evan Williams, 2013