It is essential that we understand government transactions and how people interact with them if we are to improve services

Stefan Czerniawski looks at attempts to produce figures on the amount of government transactions and highlights the need to be careful in thinking about transaction volumes. GDS has produced another fascinating tool, this time providing a list and volumes of government transactional services, which it turns out are used a shade under one and a half billion times a year. Richard Sargeant has […]

70 is the new 60: We need to stop characterising the growth of older people in the UK in alarmist ways

Pat Thane argues that there is a danger of stressing the costs of the ageing population too much and the positive inputs of older people to economy and society too little. In reality many older people are far from being burdens on the young; rather, they contribute substantially to their families and society. The demographic future is much discussed. The […]

Police and Crime Commissioners are likely to be constrained by the need to swear allegiance to a political party

Stephen Brookes argues that the biggest change to police governance since the formation of the modern British police service is about to go ahead almost unnoticed by the vast majority of the British public. The reforms may well strike at the very heart of police independence. A Newsnight report on the BBC on 19th July 2012 underpinned many of my reasons for […]

Transition to peace leaves children of the Northern Irish Troubles more vulnerable to suicide

Northern Ireland’s suicide rate has doubled since the Good Friday Agreement. Michael Tomlinson explains that the toxic mix of greater political stability and increasing social isolation is putting those born into the Troubles at much greater risk of suicide than their British or Irish counterparts. Until recently, the most politicised public debate about suicide in Northern Ireland was around the […]

Olympic reading list: everything you need to know about the history, legacy and risk of the Games

As London 2012 gets under way, we bring together a selection of books on Olympic history, risk and legacy, and there’s also something for the Olympic pessimists and optimists. Read up on some of the key sociological, architectural and economic ideas behind the Olympic Games. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Best read for Olympic pessimists: Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century […]

Book Review: Socialism With A Northern Accent: Radical Traditions for Modern Times

The socialist tradition in Britain is diverse and multi-layered. Its pattern of development differed markedly across the great industrial centres where it first put down roots. In this new book, Paul Salveson re-asserts the strength and distinctiveness of the socialism which emerged in the mills, mines and railway yards of the North of England. The core of his argument is […]

Listen to the latest LSE Review of Books podcast on the London 2012 Olympics: What happens when global meets local?

London 2012 Olympics: What happens when global meets local?
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Architectural Advisor to the 2012 Olympic Games and LSE Cities Professor Ricky Burdett talks about the primacy of Olympic legacy and the regeneration of East London. Author of Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project, Iain Sinclair, takes us on a tour […]

Welfare systems are increasingly returning to 19th century ideas in a bid to encourage individuals to participate in the labour market.

Christina May places current debates on welfare reform within their historical context. Looking back to approaches from the 19th century, she concludes that we are now witnessing a return to the ideas of the past, where the key aim of a welfare system was to make individuals fit to participate in the labour market, rather than to aid the victims […]

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