Monthly Archives: May 2010

Britain and Greece: 40 years ago

During the UK general election campaign, especially in the first week of May 2010, the fortunes of Greece figured prominently in British new bulletins. The huge street demonstrations against austerity measures in Athens seemed to figure as possible portents of things to come post-election when British austerity measures would need to kick in, and may have helped trigger a […]

Political Blog round for 28 May

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in political blogging.


Kerry McCarthy MP, blogging at Shot from Both Sides is still boycotting the Guardian after they backed the Lib Dems in the election (or is she?).

Blogoir said that David Cameron was ready to veto the Treaty aimed at shoring up the Euro.

Jonathan Isaby at ConservativeHome previewed George […]

Capping immigration – the Tories win out. But will economic considerations soften the policy for business and universities?

Traditionally Conservatives have wanted to be tough on new migrants entering the UK, and have favoured single-country solutions, while the Liberal Democrats have been more welcoming and much keener to fulfil Britain’s international commitments and have stressed the need to work more with European Union partners. Avery Hancock considers how the coalition has so far indicated that this deeply […]

Who is human and who is not?

One of the central points of strain within the Conservative-Liberal coalition government is likely to come around human rights protection in the UK. In opposition the Conservatives promised to radically reform existing legislation, a pledge subsequently watered down to a review of human rights law in the coalition agreement. Bart Cammaerts argues that the threat to human rights provisions […]

Understanding public sector productivity – the LSE’s simple guide

In the new era of austerity inaugurated since the election, one of the most central questions is how British government can do more with less, or at least do nearly the same with less. Leandro Carrera and Patrick Dunleavy clear up the confusions about a key concept – the productivity of the government sector.

The new Chancellor promises to fulfil […]

Converting the Queen’s Speech promises into legislation

The coalition government’s Queen’s Speech outlines a highly ambitious programme of legislation, which on past form seems likely to be fully implemented and very little amended in the House of Commons or the Lords. But how is such a full and dynamic policy  programme actually converted into workable laws? Edward Page illuminates one of the key processes in the […]

Freezing public sector IT – what is the government aiming to achieve?

Public sector IT spending currently absorbs more than £17 billion of public spending annually in the UK. Under Labour, British expenditure in this area dwarfed that of any other European Union nation, with many contracts costing billions of £s and running for periods up to 18 years. The UK also has perhaps the most concentrated government IT market in […]

Goodbye Election Experts – hello British Politics and Policy at LSE

Now that the election is over and we have a new government, Election Experts is changing. Over the weekend, our web address will redirect you to our new blog, British Politics and Policy at LSE.

Hopefully there won’t be any disruption – so keep a look out for our new blog!

Our Twitter address is also changing, follow us now at […]

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