Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Ten Commandments of good policy making: a retrospective by Sir Gus O’Donnell
Sir Gus O’Donnell recently delivered a lecture at the LSE on his time in the civil service. What follows is his overview of the triumphs and disasters, as well as his ten commandments of good policy making.
Ignoring the role of private debt in an economy is like driving […]

December 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Fracking and Willetts: two stories to watch in 2013

In our final year in review post, Steve Fuller looks back on 2012. He explains how there are two stories from the end of this year which he will be watching intently in the next. The implications of two stories from the end of 2012 are worth watching in 2013. The first story has global consequences. It concerns the terms on […]

Contemplating Euthanasia? The Conservatives and Europe in 2012

The issue of Britain’s relationship with Europe was a significant factor in the downfall of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Could the same come to be true of David Cameron? Pete Dorey reflects on the Conservatives and Europe in 2012 and what the future might hold in 2013.  In one particular sphere of policy, David Cameron must recently have […]

2012: A pivotal year for privacy?

In the first of our year in review series, Paul Bernal reflects on 2012 and its implications for privacy and communication. He argues that 2012 could come to have been a pivotal year in the politics of privacy. 2012 has been a big year for privacy, in politics, in law and for the public, but it’s still not clear whether it’s […]

Dead, non-dead, or walking dead? The global financial crisis and neo-liberalism

While there may be widespread agreement that the global financial crisis had important ramifications for neo-liberalism, there is little consensus about what these are. Liam Stanley surveys these debates and argues that a more nuanced understanding of neoliberalism beyond ‘states and markets’ would be a good start. Crisis conjures up many meanings: a turning point, a decisive intervention; an opportunity, a […]

Book Review: Histories of Social Studies and Race: 1865-2000

In Histories of Social Studies and Race: 1865-2000, researchers investigate the interplay of race and the emerging social studies field from the time of the emancipation of enslaved peoples in the second half of the nineteenth century to the multicultural and Afrocentric education initiatives of the late-twentieth century. Reviewed by Eona Bell. Histories of Social Studies and Race: 1865-2000. Edited by Christine […]

December 23rd, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer its Demons to Face the Future

Bill Emmott sidesteps the clichés of Italian life to assess both Italy’s political problems, and how the country can move forward to a better future. Marco Valbruzzi finds the book a compelling analysis of the many nuances which comprise Italian society, but disagrees with the notion that a new Italian renaissance is achievable in the short-term. Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must […]

December 23rd, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

REF nightmares before Christmas

In a moment of frivolity Athene Donald sketched out how a REF committee in a dysfunctional department might pan out. As chair of her own local REF committee she is delighted to say my own  experiences bear no relationship to this sad state of affairs, however complex our discussions may get. This article first appeared on the LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences blog It’s […]

December 22nd, 2012|Impact|0 Comments|