Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Home Office’s new online Crime Map is a step forward in providing the public with information, but it ignores the role of the police, oversimplifies vastly different types of offences and belies crime’s downward trend in recent years.

Crime mapping is not new in the UK – so does the new Home Office’s online crime map go one better than those that went before? Daniel Bear looks at the motivation behind the next iteration of local crime maps and finds that while government seeks to encourage people to hold their local police forces to account, they do not […]

Book Review: Globesity, Food Marketing and Family Lifestyles

Childhood obesity has become a global health issue of epidemic proportions. In Globesity, Food Marketing and Family Lifestyles, Stephen Kline incorporates the underlying issue of how capitalist societies deal with lifestyle risks that citizens become exposed to in the free market economy. Reviewed by Philippine Reimpell.

Globesity, Food Marketing and Family Lifestyles. Stephen Kline. Palgrave MacMillan. December 2010.

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Book Review: The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities are Reshaping the World

In The Great Brain Race, Ben Wildavsky presents an account of how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education. Wildavsky shows that as international universities strive to become world-class, the new global education marketplace is providing more opportunities to more people than ever before. Drawing on extensive reporting in China, India, the United States, […]

Book Review: Gender, Politics and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism

Amy Watson finds plenty of strong arguments for a gendered approach to understanding political imbalances in Gender, Politics and Institutions. This collection of essays travels across the world, carefully mixing theory and analysis from gender and institutional studies, with very promising results. 


Gender, Politics and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism. By Mona Lena Krook and Fiona Mackay. Palgrave Macmillan. December 2010.

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Cameron’s arms deals, public finance surprises and the extent of NHS cuts: political blog round up for 14 – 25 February 2011

Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging. Amy Mollett, Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging. Events in the Middle East As tensions soared across Libya, David Cameron pledged to do all he can to get British citizens out of the country safely. However, […]

From ‘Plan B’ to ‘Plan V’: what the UK economy needs to reboot and rebalance growth

With the threat of stagflation and interest rate rises, the current economic climate shows little sign of improvement in the near future. John Van Reenen finds that the government’s severe austerity programme, with its very pessimistic view of future UK growth is risking the recovery through premature scrapping of our economic capital. Policies such as the cap on skilled migrants […]

The huge success of Fairtrade products in the UK represents a grass-roots response to market failure, but the ethical label must not be afraid to ask for more policy changes that would benefit all

As Fairtrade Fortnight launches in the UK on the 28th February, the ethical brand continues to enjoy political support and the backing of millions of consumers. But there is much more that Fairtrade is yet to achieve, argues Deborah Doane, such as challenging the power in global markets that keeps poorer countries in poverty, and pushing for more policy changes […]

The people in Sudan have spoken: now the UK should back the new nation with both trade and aid

With Sudan due to split into two nations this July, both will need support from the international community to assist in their transitions. In light of the coalition’s recent freeze in the UK’s aid budget, some have suggested increased trade links with the country, but Avery Hancock finds that increasing trade may not provide the solution envisioned by some; aid […]