The G8, like the G20 - or the UN for that matter - keeps conveying an impression of impotence, and far from being a “steering committee” of the world, looks like a divided and ineffective body. Why?
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The G8 offers an excellent opportunity to reset the debate on tax and achieve a step-change in helping developing countries to raise tax revenues explains Dirk Willem, ODI.
It's possible that a society of educated people is likely to be more cultured and scientific-minded than one of non-graduates, and this should have positive externalities in the form of better political discourse and higher culture. There is, however, little evidence of this in practice.
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