Contributor Profile

Robert Sweeny


Robert Sweeny lives in the Georgestown neighbourhood of St John's with Elizabeth-Anne Malischewski. An historian of capitalism, his study Why did we choose to industrialize? won the Governor General's award for scholarly research in 2016.

Published Articles

  • Enabling dependency

    How can we explain the continued government inaction in the face of the worst recession since the cod moratorium?

    Published on April 20, 2017
  • Estimating the damage

    What is actually being cut in this budget?

    Published on May 6, 2016
  • Is there a democratic alternative to austerity?

    Other places have experimented with austerity, so we don’t have to. Here’s how Newfoundland and Labrador can avoid known mistakes and put itself on a path to a brighter, more equitable, future.

    Published on April 2, 2016
  • Why TPP rhymes with refugee

    What could a major new trade deal and the way the Harper Conservatives have chosen to handle the refugee crisis possibly have in common?

    Published on October 16, 2015
  • On a rock in a hard place: MUN and the Davis Budget

    Properly funding and managing Memorial University are fundamental public policy issues and far too important to be left to senior administration or the provincial government.

    Published on May 19, 2015
  • Words matter

    Does Paul Davis represent a change for the Tories? A comparison of the language used by the provincial government with that of Davis during his leadership campaign provides a revealing answer

    Published on September 20, 2014
  • A good news budget?

    Two things worth knowing that you might not have heard about Thursday’s budget

    Published on March 29, 2014
  • When little means a lot

    Tom Marshall’s first and last speech from the throne is as remarkable for what it does not say as for what it does

    Published on March 15, 2014
  • Spending our way to more poverty

    In 2006, Danny Williams declared poverty reduction a strategic priority for the province. Since then childhood poverty has risen 70%.

    Published on October 3, 2013
  • Art knows no borders

    Why are there limitations on whose art can be procured?

    Published on June 12, 2012
  • Promoting gendered inequality

    Five years ago, the Flaherty-Harper government introduced income splitting for pensions. Designed to benefit only higher income earners, in 2009, 84% of the people who benefited were men.

    Published on March 8, 2012
  • Anatomy of a boom (Part 2)

    If the boom has not led to a marked increase in inequality, the same cannot be said for government policies. They markedly increased our levels of inequality.

    Published on February 16, 2012
  • Anatomy of a boom (Part 1)

    Between 2005 and 2009 assessed incomes in Newfoundland and Labrador increased by 49%. The boom we are experiencing is without precedent in Canadian history, but it is also exceptional for a quite different reason.

    Published on February 10, 2012
  • How is our 1% different?

    Ownership of stocks, bonds, real estate and professional incomes set the 1% apart from the rest of us.

    Published on January 2, 2012
  • Economic Action Plan pt. 4

    Finally, we can answer the question: What did they actually do?

    Published on April 25, 2011
  • Economic Action Plan pt. 3

    Lower taxes, ah yes, but for whom?

    Published on April 18, 2011
  • Economic Action Plan pt. 2

    All you need to know about the largest government program that they chose not to tell you about

    Published on April 15, 2011
  • Economic Action Plan, pt. 1

    What does the feel-good ad about taxes tell us?

    Published on April 11, 2011
  • Have-no-more

    An inconvenient truth we need to discuss

    Published on March 24, 2011
  • Refugees

    What is Jason Kenney up to?

    Published on March 14, 2011
  • The wage gap

    On this 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Robert Sweeny analyzes how ‘we are dealing with deeply rooted and probably largely non-economic forms of resistance to gender equity’

    Published on March 8, 2011
  • RRSPs

    In 2008, public subsidies to private pensions cost us $186 million.

    Published on February 28, 2011
  • Tax Cuts

    If the wealthy amongst us, those in the top income bracket, had continued to pay their taxes at the rates prevailing in 2006 there would not have been a deficit in 2009.

    Published on February 21, 2011


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