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Introducing our latest eCollection: The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Last month British Politics and Policy at LSE ran a series of articles reflecting on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. This eCollection is a select sample of some of the most interesting posts from that series.

On April 8th 2013 Margaret Thatcher, the UK’s first female Prime Minister, died at the age of 87. She was a divisive and controversial figure, […]

How will the coalition end? Cameron and Clegg may look to the precedent set by the 1945 caretaker government

Alun Wyburn-Powell provides a historical account of the 1945 caretaker government and argues that it provides a useful model for thinking about when the current coalition might end. Whilst obviously very different situations, there is good logic in parting some months prior to the start of the 2015 campaign for both the LibDems and Tories. It would allow a bit more freedom […]

Debates about the cultural aspects of class risk distracting us from the brute material reality of how much class actually matters

Danny Dorling reflects on the Great British Class Survey and the public debate it has generated. He outlines some of the challenges that have been raised about the underlying research before discussing the media debate it sparked and the telling fixation on cultural class which characterised it.  You should be wary of on-line calculators that allow you to type in your […]

Involuntary idleness represents a massive waste of economic resources

As part of the ongoing Social State project, Howard Reed reflects on the macroeconomic significance of involuntary idleness. He argues that it is a waste of economic resources but one rooted in complex underlying causes. Drawing on a recent paper, he outlines ideas for how reform could be enacted and these difficulties overcome.  Idleness has been an unfortunate fact of life for […]

Book Review: The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years

The Clash of Economic Ideas interweaves the economic history of the last hundred years with the history of economic doctrines to understand how contrasting economic ideas have originated and developed over time to take their present forms. It aims to trace the connections running from historical events to debates among economists, and from the ideas of academic writers to major experiments […]

Book Review: The Problem With Banks

In The Problem With Banks, Timothy J. Sinclair and Lena Rethel argue that banks suffer from perennial problems, and that developments in the financial markets and government in recent decades have simply exacerbated these issues. This book is an interesting and highly recommended read, not just because Rethel and Sinclair explain how the role of banks shaped the financial crisis, but because they show how important […]

Five minutes with William Outhwaite: “The chic ultra-right populism of Geert Wilders and others is certainly worrying”

As part of our on-going Thinkers on Europe series, EUROPP’s editors Stuart A Brown and Chris Gilson spoke to Professor of Sociology William Outhwaite about the EU’s democratic deficit, the rise of the far-right, and whether sociologists should do more to engage with the subject of European integration. This was originally published on the LSE EUROPP blog.  Does the European Union suffer from a […]

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