Monthly Archives: May 2017

Curtailing the market for private prisons: schism or blip?

For nearly 25 years, new prisons built in the UK have predominantly been procured through ‘design, build, finance and operate’ (DBFO) contracts with the private sector. So the opening earlier this year of a new supersized prison to be financed and operated by the public sector – HMP Berwyn in north Wales – puts the future of ‘whole prison’ contracting in […]

The underground economy casts an ever-longer shadow

Megan may not know it, or even care, but she’s become part of a trend. The 27-year-old mother of two works two jobs; one aboveground as a marketing and development employee in Tallahassee, Fla., and a second deep in the shadow economy. After she leaves her day job, she cleans an Airbnb condo and gets paid under the table, […]

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    Focus on buy-in might be the reason your change efforts keep failing

Focus on buy-in might be the reason your change efforts keep failing

Since the findings of the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry, there has been a wide-reaching backlash toward heroic management in health and social care. Heroic management is characterised by heavy egotism, superior knowledge or skill and isolated decision-making. Because of these characteristics, it is generally agreed within the NHS that heroic management is damaging to the efficacy and sustainability of organisations, […]

Only foreign direct investment can save Europe

Does Europe need saving and, if so, from what? The European Union has been immersed for too long in deep multiple crises. Is there one potential solution we can all agree and concentrate upon? I argue that such elusive factor is foreign direct investment. FDI can play this “silver bullet role” because of its powerful economic effects and of […]

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    Claims that the Internet damages our memory and cognition may be unfounded

Claims that the Internet damages our memory and cognition may be unfounded

Why store information in biological memory when it is reliably available on the Internet? Some argue that relying on the Internet is adaptive because it frees up internal resources which can then be used for other cognitive tasks, whereas others argue that this is maladaptive because it makes us less knowledgeable. In this blog post, I first look at […]

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    Airports helped boost the manufacturing sector and productivity in China

Airports helped boost the manufacturing sector and productivity in China

Airport construction or expansion is often proposed as a policy lever to boost cities, regions and national economies worldwide – although this case is not clear cut as some well publicised ‘white elephants’ and the recent debate over expansion of London’s airports testify. But it is in large developing countries with poor road and rail infrastructure that air transport […]

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    Geekland: STEM knowledge is needed to apply for 1 in 6 non-tech UK jobs

Geekland: STEM knowledge is needed to apply for 1 in 6 non-tech UK jobs

In the UK, less than half of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates work in so-called ‘STEM occupations’ (such as scientists or engineers). If, as is often thought, all recruiters in ‘non-STEM’ occupations (for example, graphic designers or economists) neither require nor value science and technology skills, and simply like hiring science graduates for their problem solving and […]