The big ideas of 2014

Prospect's guide to 12 debates that will shape the coming year
December 11, 2013















Rejectionist politics

The politics of resentment will be a powerful, destabilising force in 2014

Secular stagnation

The global economy might have been in trouble long before 2008

The new cold war

US negotiations are stirring up tensions between two clusters of allies

Beginning of the end of QE

When central banks stop pumping money into the world's economies, there's no telling how markets will react

Coalitions of the willing

As more countries wield more power, bilateral deals and pacts between allies will become the norm

Growth leaves wages behind

It's not the size of the economy that counts, it's what you do with it

Boom Cities

Cities, rather than nation states, are proving increasingly adept at meeting the challenges of the 21st century

Personalised Medicine

Genetic testing will make treating illnesses cheaper and more efficient

Cloud Scepticism

Public concern about government surveillance will make users and regulators wary of remote data storage

The new news

Online media brands have changed the way we consume and produce journalism, and that's no bad thing

Peer to peer living

Disruptive marketplaces like Airbnb are shifting power away from hierarchies and towards networks of individuals

Pop up everything

Temporary venues have altered urban lifestyles forever