Unions – Autumn 2011

Issue No. 3

“And so with a new academic year comes a new issue of Insight, complete with our brand new editorial team at the helm. This time we’re tackling the theme of ‘unions’, and our writers have come up with a wide variety of interpretations of the subject for you to enjoy. Especially topical at the time we go to press are of course the troubles within the European Union and the eurozone, and I think you’ll agree we’ve covered all sides o f this issue: from a look at the causes and consequences of Greece’s difficulties, to a game theoretical approach to solving the problems, with an interview from a top EU official along the way. It looks like the test of t he EU’s goal of ‘ever closer union’ is now. And in the wake of the summer’s riots, it seemed only natural to deal with the idea of union (or lack thereof) within our society, as well as the matter of the modern economic family.

Our comment section is also packed with insightful and stimulating articles to keep you thinking over the winter break. We have pieces on the privatisation of water. customer segmentation in retail and a report from a mock debt tribunal to name but a few. For those of you with a penchant for academia, we’ve also got an interview with a current PhD student at the University, so you can see what further study has in store.

All of this has only been possible due to the fantastic work of our new editorial team, devoted designers and illustrators from ECA, and of course contributions from a wide range of students at the University. I’d like to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication which allowed us to continue the legacy of Insight on from last year. Of course thanks also go to our sponsors and financiers, the Economics Society and the School of Economics.

It’s been great fun and a steep learning curve pulling together this newest issue. and if you’d like to be involved in any part of the process next semester, or have any feedback on this issue, do get in touch – an email is provided on the opposite page. We’re always on the hunt for eager new writers for future editions.

So on behalf of everyone at Insight HO let me invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy our latest offering. Thank you for reading.”

– Letter from the 2011-2012 Editor-in-Chief, Shira Lappin, 2011