Monthly Archives: July 2011

Book Review: The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

Rachel Dearlove discovers an invaluable evidence-based book on the role of religion in modern conflict, essential reading for students and for policy makers The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century. Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke. Cambridge University Press. March 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon The Price of Freedom Denied is the latest publication in the […]

Book Review: Networked: A Contemporary History of News in Transition

Barbara Richter reviews an exciting new book on the future of journalism and news media, which will create debate amongst journalists, students and politicians alike.

Networked: A Contemporary History of News in Transition. Adrienne Russell. Polity. June 2011.

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The focus of Adrienne Russell’s Networked is the changing nature of the news industry: while the […]

Book Review: Equality and the British Left

Jennifer Hugh looks to the vigorous debate amongst the Left on equality, of which this text provides a much needed nuanced view. Equality and the British Left. Ben Jackson. Manchester University Press. Find this book at: Google Books Amazon LSE Library Equality and the British Left is a fascinating book exploring the debate around equality within the Left in British […]

Mensch apologises to Morgan, economic growth remains elusive, and Steve Hilton proposes some bizarre policy ideas – round up of political blogs for 23 – 29 July

Chris Gilson, Paul Rainford and Amy Mollett take a look at the week in political blogging. Oslo attacks Though Cowards Flinch says that Tom Harris MP has brought the Labour Party into dispute with his comments in relation to the Oslo attacks, while Adam Bienkov of Liberal Conspiracy looks at the role of the far right in the UK. Samira Shackle […]

The News International scandal is just the tip of the iceberg of unelected oligarchies and corporate power in Britain’s democracy

Much of the recent public outcry over the phone hacking scandal has been over the relative unaccountability of News International and its apparently close ties with politicians and the police. David Beetham argues that this influence extends to the whole corporate sector in the UK, a sector that has an anti-public sector agenda which has become embedded at the heart […]

New policy experiments using nudges have the potential to make a significant contribution to energy conservation

Adam Oliver comments on the UK Government’s recently published report on ‘Behaviour Change and Energy Use’, and finds that while some of the proposed interventions are not strictly ‘behavioural economics’, they may provide people with some incentives to reduce the amount of energy they use.

New government agencies should be set up with caution: they are not a substitute for weak departments

New executive agencies seem to be the government’s solution to too many quangos. Kate Jenkins argues that there are hard lessons from past experience with agencies which the government ignores at its peril. The government should move with caution in setting up new agencies, (for example . the Department for Education’s Education Funding Agency and the Home Office’s National Crime […]

The government’s new draft national planning policy framework focuses the planning system on redevelopment too greatly rather than on new development

Henry Overman reviews the the government’s new National Planning Policy Framework, published this week. He argues that while the Framework’s presumption in favour of sustainable development is laudable, it is not forward looking enough, and does not encourage new development as much as it should. The government published its draft National Planning Policy Framework on Monday. As with the announcement on business […]