Monthly Archives: December 2010

Reviewing 2010 in political blogging: the spotlight moves from the Tories to the Liberal Democrats

Chris Gilson and Jane Tinkler bid goodbye to 2010 with a short round up of some of the main trends in the political blogging scene this year.

In April British Politics and Policy at LSE began a weekly round up of political blogs, tracking the main topics discussed on the UK’s political blogging scene. We’ve now gone back and looked […]

In improving public services and social innovation, the design world has vital insights to offer. But designers must go beyond evangelism to show greater rigour about methods and limits

For about ten years now designers have been saying that their professional approach holds vital insights for public services. In the run-up to a lecture by David Willets to an LSE-Design Council event on innovating in public service design, Geoff Mulgan argues that recent research shows that it is not enough to be enthusiastic about this change. Designers do have […]

Book Review: Active Citizenship: What Could it Achieve and How?

Omar El-Khairy reviews the latest title by Bernard Crick, concluding that tensions around active citizenship have never been hotter.

Book Review: Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D Seeley

Thomas D. Seeley suggests we have much to learn from bees in his recent title, as reviewed by Philippine Rudolf.

Seasons greetings and happy holidays to all our readers!

We’d like to wish all our readers all the best for the festive season, and look forward to analysing and reporting on politics and public policy research in 2011!

Blogging activity will be reduced between now and the first week of January, but we should be posting every other day. In the meantime, keep checking back to the blog, and […]

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Bad weather stops Britain moving, Cable’s ‘nuclear option’, and Labour takes a lead in the polls – political blog round up for 18 – 24 December 2010

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

Saturday 18th December and Sunday 19th December

John Redwood talks EU treaty amendments and the Euro.

Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal looks at devolution and referendums for locally elected Mayors in 12 areas.

According to Paul Goodman at ConservativeHome, 50 Tory MPs want a free vote on the tobacco display ban.

Wat […]

The government’s proposed cuts to the housing benefit will force 130,000 families out of their homes and add to the UK’s growing homeless population

Reform of the housing benefit and an end to ‘tenancy for life’ is one of the cornerstones of the coalition government’s social policy. Avery Hancock uncovers how caps on the housing benefit may force thousands out of their homes at a time when existing homelessness services are already stretched to the limit.
As the UK endures arctic weather over the […]

Santa’s Best Friends: Donner, Blitzen, and new Technology

Most people have had the experience at Christmas of receiving an unwanted gift. Joel Waldfogel argues that the lost value from unwanted or inappropriate gifts runs to the billions ever year, but offers some new, technological hopes of how we might be able to increase the value of our Christmas gifts.

It’s that gloomy time of year when it […]