Monthly Archives: April 2012

Institutional democracy will strengthen our society, engaging citizenry and distributing power equitably

Mike O’Donnell argues that institutionalising people’s involvement in matters that affect their daily lives would surely act as an antidote to the apathy and disengagement that blights liberal democracy. It would also serve to create a more equitable society, one where government is not dominated by wealthy elites. The challenge, though, is in initiating reform. In a previous contribution on this site […]

Voter Advice Applications give the increasingly non-partisan electorate the means to choose the right political match

Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) can engage the electorate, and have the potential to educate them on key issues in an election. Nick Anstead argues that in addition to their obvious civic function, VAAs have the potential to give researchers some ideas for new frameworks that bind together citizen’s political views. Anyone who has been in London in the past few weeks […]

Book Review: Think Tank: The Story of the Adam Smith Institute, by Madsen Pirie

In Think Tank: The Story of the Adam Smith Institute, Madsen Pirie documents the fascinating history of one of the world’s biggest think tanks, and the many projects in which it has been engaged over the past three decades. Donald Abelson values the wealth of information with which scholars can develop and refine their observations about how think tanks exercise influence. Think Tank: The […]

Book Review: Managing Modernity: Beyond Bureaucracy? Edited by Stewart Clegg et al.

In this collection of essays Steward Clegg and co-authors envisage the end of bureaucracy, where big corporations and public sector organizations are open and free of constraints. Patrick Dunleavy is intrigued but not convinced, arguing that all forms of ‘beyondism’ and ‘post-x’ social theory are inherently dissatisfying. If the authors really knew what was happening now or next, they’d tell us – instead […]

Book Review: British Social Attitudes 28: 2011-2012 Edition, Alison Park et al

The British Social Attitudes series provides a range of fascinating insights into the changing values of British society. The findings seem to suggest that we have become a less confident and less cohesive society, leaving little hope for David Cameron’s Big Society vision. Daniel Sage is impressed by both the wealth of information in the book and its snappy redesign, making for a much more […]

The Euro crisis threatens not only the common currency, but also the future of the European Central Bank

Since the beginning of the crisis, politicians, governments and institutions have scrambled to preserve the Euro. John Doukas argues that not only is the common currency in danger, but also the European Central Bank (ECB) which has a balance sheet that consists of the debt obligations of member governments and their banks. But who will bail out the ECB? This […]

April 28th, 2012|Europp, John Doukas|0 Comments|

Something old, something new: opening a new path to public engagement with the most traditional of academic tools

Academic communication is changing; it’s becoming faster, more interactive, and more open. In response to academia’s transition online, the LSE this week launched the LSE Review of Books blog. Publishing daily reviews of academic and serious books across the social sciences and providing readers with informative, well written, and timely reviews, the LSE Review of Books’ mission is to improve public […]

Spads running amok, Murdoch looking tired and Cameron’s ‘remarkable’ achievement: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

When Ministers and Spads run amok: Colin Talbot at Whitehall Watch argues that the Jeremy Hunt revelations again raise the issue of civil service reform.

John Gapper at the FT’s Business blog notes that Rupert Murdoch was tired and rambling when he took the stand at the Leveson inquiry on Thursday.

Julian Norman at the F-Word argues that the online reaction to footballer Ched […]