Monthly Archives: September 2012

Book Review: Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities

When we think of segregation, what often comes to mind is apartheid South Africa, or the American South in the age of Jim Crow – two societies fundamentally premised on the concept of the separation of the races. But as Carl H. Nightingale discusses in his new book, segregation is everywhere, deforming cities and societies worldwide. Starting with segregation’s ancient […]

Book Review: Writing History in International Criminal Trials

In this engaging and accessible book, Richard Ashby Wilson addresses key questions related to the legal relevance of history in international criminal trials. Should history play a role in trials, what form should it take, and why does it matter? What can history explain about criminal accountability, crimes under international law, and conflict? Reviewed by Tara O’Leary.  Writing History in […]

Book Review: Muslims in Britain: Making Social and Political Space

With contributions from world renowned scholars on British Muslims and from policy makers writing on issues of concern to Muslims and others alike, this book explores how British Muslims are changing social and religious spaces to develop new perspectives on Islam. Providing a broad and comprehensive examination of the key issues surrounding Muslims in the UK, this book will be a valuable […]

Ireland faces a choice between following the EU into deeper integration or drifting back towards closer relations with the UK

The past six months have seen Ireland vote yes in a referendum on the fiscal compact and a return to the long term bond markets for the country for the first time in two years. Paul Gillespie writes that the eurozone crisis and its effects on Ireland have led to increased public debates on European integration and Irish nationalism, especially […]

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How can universities support local disadvantaged communities?

Public engagement remains one of the most tangible ways universities can demonstrate their impact. Fred Robinson finds that in a time of stretched resources, universities can play a much greater role in engaging with local disadvantaged communities, producing a wide-range of mutual benefits.  This article first appeared on the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences blog Universities generally seem much more concerned about their […]

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Fact-free politics, Mitchell the Patrician, and looking at the merits of predistribution: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Chris Dillow at the Stumbling and Mumbling blog laments the state of public discourse and how Nick Clegg easily got away with errant nonsense in his conference speech.

Daniel Davies of the Crooked Timber blog explains his scepticism regarding Ed Miliband’s ‘predistribution’ vision.

George Monbiot dismisses arguments calling for expanding UK airports in his Guardian blog.

George Eaton at The Staggers blog thinks pleb-gate may leave lasting toxicity for the Tories.

John Clarke […]

UK austerity and growth: Winter is coming

Danny Quah was one of the 20 prominent economists who backed the government’s austerity programme in 2010. This year, he called for a shift of strategy explaining that knowledge of the economy’s current state carries great uncertainty, especially in extraordinary economic circumstances. Danny argues it is important to constantly monitor the state of the economy as well as policy needs in order to respond to changing circumstances. […]

Blunt Axe, Blind Axeman: the failure of Osborne’s deficit reduction plan

Brian Reading outlines here why the coalition government’s fiscal consolidation plan is in trouble. He goes on to note the shortcomings of the government’s promises around the deficit reductions and the harsh truths he feels underlie these promises. In its first two years, the coalition government succeeded in beating its spending target. Yet its fiscal consolidation Plan A failed. In […]