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Let's look at plan B

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Struggling nations and cities need to hitch up their skirts, quicken their step and just get on with it. Our editor-in-chief follows up the debates stirred up in this issue.

Detroit, Finland, Ireland, Latin, Russia

What Ireland can learn from Finland?

We’ve never been particularly big believers in the notion of service-based economies. You might have noticed over the past four years that the editors of Monocle are keener on able-bodied nations, companies and individuals who know how to roll up their sleeves and get on with things. While the concept of knowledge and service-based economies might tick many a box, they’re no longer as fashionable as they were when economic and development ministries ­embraced the idea of two decades ago.

The notion that states…


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