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John Rapley
Writer and academic, University of Cambridge

John Rapley has made a vocation of working, and living, at the frontier where theory meets practice. After beginning his career at Oxford University's International Development Centre, he left for the developing world, where he spent the next two decades working as an academic, journalist and ultimately the co-creator and director of a policy think tank. Along the way, he worked at universities on three continents and, upon returning to the UK, lectured at the University of Cambridge's Centre of Development Studies. He now lives in London as a writer.

His most recent book is Twilight of the Money Gods: Economics as a Religion and How it all Went Wrong (Simon & Schuster).

Written by John Rapley

Essay/
Economics
Economics as a moral tale

The development sector set out to summon the magic of capitalism from the ashes of communism. How is it going?

John Rapley