Voodoo polling, Clegg’s ratings recover amongst Liberal Democrats, and Miliband the managerialist: round up of political blogs for 24 – 30 December

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in political blogging. The parties On Christmas Eve, Political Scrapbook says that the police are urging the Crown Prosecution Service to bring charges of speeding and perverting the course of justice against Chris Huhne, all in relation to accusations that his now estranged wife allegedly took Huhne’s points on her license for […]

Book Review: How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full Story of Ireland’s Earthquake Election

Why was the Irish 2011 election considered ‘truly seismic’ but at the same time regarded as mattering so little? An important and revealing contribution, How Ireland Voted 2011 covers the dramatic decline of Fianna Fail, the rise of Fine Gail and Labour and the left more generally, and high levels of volatility. Reviewed by Daphne Halikiopoulou.   How Ireland Voted 2011: The Full story of Ireland’s Earthquake […]

Book Review: British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years

Matthew Partridge finds that Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth’s strong collection of essays on Blair and Brown’s foreign policy highs and lows is strong enough to justify its place on reading-lists, covering the Iraq, Afghanistan, and the War on Terror.   British Foreign Policy: The New Labour Years. Oliver Daddow and Jamie Gaskarth. Palgrave MacMillan. July 2011.  This year’s events have prompted academics, […]

Book Review: The Ombudsman Enterprise and Administrative Justice

Buck, Kirkham and Thompson provide a rich, detailed picture of the current state of the ombudsmen enterprise in the UK public sector finds Jane Tinkler.   The Ombudsman Enterprise and Administrative Justice. Trevor Buck, Richard Kirkham, and Brian Thompson. Ashgate. December 2010. Ombudsmen have been features of public sector life in the UK for many decades now. In this book, Buck, Kirkham and Thompson look […]

Slumps, riots and springs: how we covered 2011

Avery Hancock and Paul Rainford review British Politics and Policy’s coverage of 2011’s major political developments. Economy, Recovery and Growth The economic recovery continued its downward trend in 2011, with repeated warnings of a double dip recession if the severe austerity plans were rigidly adhered to. Indeed, the Chancellor George Osborne was urged to reboot and rebalance for growth, whilst […]

Employer contributions have a significant impact on encouraging pension savings. Policy-makers seeking ways to increase contribution rates and take-up should focus on this lever.

With an ageing population, the question of how we will pay for our retirement is a pressing one. Using new survey data, James Lloyd of the Strategic Society Centre finds that just over half of the workforce is saving a pension, and that employer contributions are by far the largest influence on pension savings. Policy makers should focus on this […]

If you pay peanuts, do you get monkeys? Paying teachers 10 per cent more results in 5-10 per cent higher pupil performance.

It is no secret that higher teacher quality translates into higher educational outcomes, but how can the UK attract the best and brightest to the profession? Peter Dolton and Oscar Marcenaro-Gutierrez examine the enormous variation in teachers’ pay across OECD countries and find evidence that if teachers are better paid and higher up the national income distribution, there is likely […]

History tells us that we can get out of the current economic slump if government guarantees low interest rates, rising prices, and provides a more sensible planning system.

With interest rates already very low, levels of public debt very high, there seems very little room for government to improve the current economic situation. Tim Leunig looks to history to provide a recipe for growth, arguing that, as was effective in the 1930s, the government must act to guarantee that prices rise at a certain level annually, interest rates remain […]

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