Monthly Archives: June 2010

Getting better value for money from UK development aid – let local civil society organizations monitor recipient government performance

The UK and other donor countries spend considerable time and resources advising developing countries how to improve government performance. But monitoring what then happens on the ground is costly and, in the case of the UK’s Department for International Development, it has not been strikingly effective. LSE’s Stephen Kosack explores how local organizations in recipient countries can often be […]

Civil war in the Congo – could the UK do more to foster peace?

The ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed over 5 million lives since 1998, making it the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War 2. On the 50th anniversary of the DRC’s independence, Avery Hancock explores how British companies, and thereby consumers, may be fuelling the conflict, and what the UK government is (or is not) […]

Extreme Austerity is the wrong medicine

Increasing numbers of liberal economists are gravely worried that the UK has made a wrong turn in choosing an austerity budget. Here Professor John Van Reenen, Director of the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, explains why the budget measures fulfil only a political logic, and risk creating a double-dip recession.

Last Tuesday the British Chancellor, made his emergency budget […]

Why the UK should care about what is happening in Kyrgyzstan

Recent ethnic violence and unrest in Kyrgyzstan have created a flood of refugees into neighbouring countries, and at least one into the UK. Madeleine Reeves explains why the UK faces serious policy issues as a result.

On the night of Sunday June 13th, Maxim Bakiev, the 33-year old son of Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president, Kurmanbek Bakiev, arrived in Farnborough […]

The ‘emergency’ budget – solving the UK’s problems? Or creating the basis for new crises?

This week’s budget saw the introduction of massive cuts to public sector spending, benefit reductions, lowering of corporation taxes and a rise in VAT. Five LSE experts discuss its key implications:

Is this a progressive budget?

The tax side of the budget is carefully done, but it can only work as the government intends on average, says Professor John Hills. […]

Judging the budget – Round up of political blogs 19-25 June

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


Mike Smithson at asks if the Labour leadership contest is moving to the political left, with calls for tax breaks for private schools to be axed and a tax on £2m homes, while Alex Smith blogging at Labour List outlines the case for free school meals, […]

Can only front line service cuts save Defence expenditure?

Defence cannot be exempt from the coalition government’s emergency budget, and the ‘pain’ that David Cameron has promised. Professor Christopher Brown of LSE’s International Relations department takes a look at what might be cut – and finds that the ‘big-ticket’ items such as the Eurofighter and Trident might not be easy to cancel.

The government’s commitment to protect front line […]

Step up Ken Clarke, pragmatist, cigar smoker, and prison reformer

In his inimitable style, Ken Clarke gave indication last week of the coalition’s approach to reform of the prison system. There are reasons to be optimistic, and reasons to be sceptical. Simon Bastow discusses the reasons.

Prison reformers have got to be feeling optimistic in light of comments made last week by the new Justice Minister. Leading campaigners, such […]