Monthly Archives: October 2011

A progressive consumption tax would curb positional arms races and free up finances that could plug the deficit hole. By following Darwin’s theories, we could introduce a more effective economic system.

Darwin’s theory of evolution helps explain the positive role of competition in the business world but also highlights the damaging effects of competitive ‘arms races’ in private consumption. Robert Frank argues that a progressive consumption task would correct market inefficiencies and channel resources towards more highly valued uses .

As our population ages, demand for social care is growing. But the government’s immigration policies may well restrict the quality and quantity of social care professionals.

The UK’s ageing population has brought issues of long-term care to the fore, but the care workforce and the vital role that immigrants play in it are seldom discussed. Shereen Hussein argues that limiting non-EU care workers entry to the UK may reduce both the quantity and quality of care professionals needed to fill vital care posts.

Book Review: The Black Banners: Inside the hunt for Al-Qaeda

Matthew Partridge finds many strengths in Ali Soufan’s fascinating account of his time as a FBI Special Agent, covering his attempt to bring Al-Qaeda to justice. The Black Banners: Inside the hunt for Al-Qaeda. Ali H. Soufan. Allen Lane. September 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon Although academics are frequently accused of limiting the accessibly of their works by […]

Book Review: British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives

The period which the BNP felt was their own is slipping away from them, finds Carl Packman in his review of British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives. British National Party: Contemporary Perspectives. Nigel Copsey and Graham Macklin. Routledge. February 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon LSE Library The first thing to say about this book is that there is never […]

Book Review: The Development of a Discipline: The History of the Political Studies Association

Paul Kelly believes that Wyn Grant’s The Development of a Discipline, which charts the nature of the systematic study of politics and how it entered the academy as an autonomous discipline, will appeal to many. The Development of a Discipline: The History of the Political Studies Association. Wyn Grant. PSA/Wiley-Blackwell. December 2010. Find this book: Google Books Amazon Written to celebrate the […]

Tories rebel on Europe, Labour drops below 40 per cent in the polls, and 50 years of PMQs: round up of political blogs for 22 – 28 October

Avery Hancock, Danielle Moran, and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging. EU Referendum vote At the weekend, Conservative Home’s Tim Montgomerie argues there won’t be an immediate referendum if Monday’s EU motion passes but that the move would strengthen the British hand in Europe. The Coffee House fears that Cameron’s response to the EU motion […]

The EU Referendum rebellion has left David Cameron with little room to manoeuvre and is picking apart his liberal conservative project

While the House of Commons vote for a referendum on EU membership was easily defeated on Monday, it saw 81 Conservative MPs defy their party’s 3-line whip. Pete Redford argues that this rebellion shows the growing differences between the Conservative front and back benches over Europe – differences that could cause considerable headaches for David Cameron in the future.