Interview with Robert Skidelsky
‘Economics is not useless. It can either be very harmful, which it often is, or very beneficial’
Robert Skidelsky is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at the University of Warwick, UK, and a fellow of the British Academy in history and economics. He was born on 25 April 1939 in Harbin, Manchuria. He read history at Jesus College, Oxford, and was successively research student, senior student, and research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1978, he was appointed Professor of International Studies at the University of Warwick, and then joined the Economics Department as Professor of Political Economy in 1990. He is currently Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, USA. Since 2002, he has been chairman of the Centre for Global Studies. He is the author of a famous three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes. Robert Skidelsky is also a member of the British House of Lords. He began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party's spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, but left the Conservative Party for the cross benches in 2001. He is currently a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition.