Monthly Archives: January 2011

The arts and cultural sector faces ‘apocalyptic’ cuts in austere Britain. But new ways of looking at economic value can help to make the case for culture

In the government’s programme of cuts it has become clear that the arts may well be hit the hardest. While historically it has been hard to pin down an ‘economic value’ on art, Dave O’Brien argues that the sector should  learn from the green movement in applying an economic valuation based-approach, which may help the sector to make a better […]

Book Review: Jihad and the Just War in the War on Terror

Sara Yasin reviews the latest book by Alia Brahimi, finding a timely and important understanding of the relationship between the west and Al-Qaeda.

January 30th, 2011|Global Politics|2 Comments|

Book Review: State of Emergency. The way we were: Britain, 1970-1974

Steve Coulter feels nostalgic after reviewing Dominic Sandbrook’s recent political and cultural history of Britain. However, there is little original research on these areas, in spite of the fact that vast amounts of official files on the early 1970s have recently become available, and they function mostly as useful overviews. State of Emergency. The way we were: Britain, 1970-1974. Dominic Sandbrook. London: […]

Osborne under pressure as GDP gets the winter blues and control orders are rebranded: political blog round up for 22 – 28 January 2011

Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging.

Recent poll results and the Oldham victory show that Labour has bounced back: Ed Miliband must continue his progressive campaign to ensure Labour is an ally of people-based politics

In light of Alan Johnson’s recent resignation, and eight months after their general election defeat, Bryan Gould finds the Labour party to be in surprisingly good shape with a leader who is willing to admit the party’s past mistakes and reconnect with progressive voters.

New ‘big society’ providers could deliver better local services, but there are grave concerns surrounding funding, accountability and citizen redress

As reports emerge of a crisis meeting between big society architects Steve Hilton and Philip Blond, there is still notable uncertainty as to how their big idea may be operationalised at grass roots level. Paul Rainford and Jane Tinkler explore some of the available options and find that the creation of new ‘big society’ providers could offer definite benefits to […]

A Newscorp takeover of BSkyB will not significantly shift media power: blocking the deal could set a poor precedent

Some media commentators have expressed deep concern at Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp’s bid to take over BSkyB, citing the possible effects on competition in the industry and the potential for greater media ‘bundling’.  In light of these worries, Charlie Beckett finds that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt’s recent delaying tactics may force Murdoch to negotiate ‘for real’.

There is no crisis of civic participation: the Big Society risks undermining the integrity of both state and civil society

David Cameron’s Big Society idea is ambitious but its implications are far from straightforward. David Lewis argues that the government’s attempt to reshape relationships between citizens, state, and market may rapidly become a political liability and burden voluntary groups and charities with responsibilities that they may be unable to deliver on.