Monthly Archives: May 2011

Time is ticking on climate change: we urgently need a new, legally binding agreement with concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gases

Ahead of the 17th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban in November, Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ), writes that now, more than ever, a legally binding agreement on climate change is needed. A legally binding agreement on climate change is needed to protect those men, women and children who are most […]

A year into the coalition, the new policy landscape means that local authorities and public services face greater risks and uncertainty, and will have to learn new skills in order to drive practical solutions

The first year of the coalition government has seen a real redefinition of the relationship between individuals and the state. As social enterprises and charities look to play a much more active role in service delivery, Faith Boardman of CIPFA argues that local authorities will need to learn a new set of commissioning and management skills in order to drive […]

Book Review: Beyond Mechanical Markets: Asset Price Swings, Risk, and the Role of the State

Barbara Richter gets to grips with the serious possibility of a new economic model, finding many ideas that deserve to be read and discussed. Beyond Mechanical Markets: Asset Price Swings, Risk, and the Role of the State. Roman Frydman & Michael D. Goldberg. Princeton University Press. February 2011. Find this book at: Google Books Amazon LSE Library More than two […]

Book Review: Understanding British Party Politics

Natalie Dzerins reviews Stephen Driver’s clear and concise book on the nature of party politics in the UK, aimed at undergraduate students. Understanding British Party Politics. Stephen Driver. Polity. April 2011. Find this book at:  Google Books Amazon Understanding British Party Politics, by Dr Stephen Driver of Roehampton University, is an entry-level undergraduate textbook which aims to provide the student […]

Book Review: Untying the Knot: Marriage, The State and The Case for Their Divorce

Amy Watson reviews a theoretically rigorous and intellectually compelling argument for the renegotiation of the liberal state’s definition of marriage, although we shouldn’t expect to see David Cameron discussing the possibility anytime soon. Untying the Knot: Marriage, The State and The Case for Their Divorce. Tamara Metz. Princeton University Press. Find this book:   With Royal wedding fever reaching all corners […]

Growing tensions over the NHS, Obama’s in town, and the Big Society re-launches (again): round up of political blogs for 21 – 27 May

Chris Gilson, Paul Rainford and Amy Mollett take a look at the week in political blogging Huhne/cabinet reshuffles Guido Fawkes opens up a ‘second front’ on Chris Huhne with allegations of spending over election limits, but Mark Pack says these allegations are ‘threadbare’ Mike Smithson at notes that it is the third week running that Huhne has dominated the political […]

The demise of Northern Ireland’s first power-sharing administration offers valuable insights for conflict resolution and policy worldwide.

Examining the failure of early attempts to end Northern Ireland’s troubles, Michael Kerr draws on new research to present two contrasting approaches to British policy in Northern Ireland and the complexities of applying consociational democracy to a divided society where the external parties to the conflict lack the political power or will to implement and police it. In 1973, Northern […]

A much maligned reform of hospitals is working

One of the Coalition’s central (and most controversial) policies are its proposed reforms of the NHS. Julian le Grand argues that Labour’s introduction of provider competition and patient choice have led to better healthcare and greater efficiencies in the NHS, and that if reforms are allowed to go ahead, the hard-won gains of the past decade will be lost; the best […]