The emotive issue of abortion is once again in the news as Nadine Dorries MP seeks to include an amendment in the Health and Social Care Bill about organisations who are permitted to counsel women seeking abortions. Emily Jackson discusses the proposed amendments and its aim of reducing the number of abortions taking place each year.
The chronic under-supply of housing in Britain may lead to rising rents and house prices. The government’s planning reforms may go some way to encouraging more development, but stronger incentives are needed.
Recent reports of shortages of housing supply in the UK may raise concerns about rising rents and house prices. Henry Overman argues that while recent government planning reforms may help to tackle the under-supply of housing, more long term solutions are needed such as stronger incentives and the possibility of building on Greenfield sites.
In the UK and across Europe, citizens are becoming more pessimistic about politics. But we can start to use social networks to drive political understanding and engagement, and to re-energize citizenship
Across Europe there is a substantive lack of engagement in politics and trust in politicians. Gerry Stoker argues that the starting point for the resolution of this malaise is to understand politics as embedded in a set of social interactions. Reinvigorating collectivism requires finding ways to talk about politics but as a by-product of a wider engagement in social networks
The harsh sentences given to those convicted of riot offences are highly disproportionate, will do little to prevent reoffending, and will put even more stress on our near-capacity prison system.
The aftermath of the riots that swept through London and England earlier this month have seen thousands of arrests and custodial sentences for many of those convicted of related offences. Susan Easton argues that these punishments are not in line with those given for similar offences in other circumstances, and that they will place enormous pressure on the prison system. […]
Tall buildings have productivity benefits for workers and prestige for firms. No wonder firms are willing to pay a premium to work in them.
In spite of the global recession, London and many other large cities are experiencing a major period of skyscraper construction. Discussing a new report, Max Nathan finds that tall buildings may make workers more productive and give firms a ‘prestige address’. This makes them more expensive, and therefore more attractive for developers to build. Like many cities, London is having […]
James Harkin considers the possible shift away from the mainstream and the rise of smaller companies in his recent book, reviewed by Alastair Hill. Niche: Why the Market No Longer Favours the Mainstream. James Harkin. Little Brown Publishing. March 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon In Niche, James Harkin describes what he sees as a clear transition in the […]
Natacha Postel-Vinay is impressed by the radical and bold conclusions presented in this study of the ways in which institutions can affect our voting behaviour. Citizens, Context and Choice: How Context Shapes Citizens’ Electoral Choices. Russell J. Dalton and Christopher J. Anderson. Oxford University Press. 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon LSE Library To non-specialists, the title Citizens, Context […]
Syerramia Willoughby, editor of the Africa at LSE blog, reviews Julia Gallagher’s book on Tony Blair’s passion for Africa, touching also on David Cameron’s impressive financial commitment to aid despite Britain’s debt. Britain and Africa under Blair: In Pursuit of the Good State. Julia Gallagher. Manchester University Press. April 2011. Find this book: Tony Blair’s passion for Africa led to […]