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    Why Too Much Transparency is a Bad Thing: The Warsh Review on Transparency in the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee

Why Too Much Transparency is a Bad Thing: The Warsh Review on Transparency in the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee

Following the review of the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) transparency practices and procedures, the Bank of England today published a report by former Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh. Warsh makes five broad recommendations for creating a balance between the demand for greater transparency and the intrinsic defence of genuine deliberation as the foundation for sound policymaking. Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey finds the […]

Book Review: Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All

In 2010, California suffered the largest and deadliest outbreak of whooping cough in more than fifty years. In recent years, other diseases with available vaccines such as measles and mumps have also made a comeback. Infectious-disease expert Paul Offit argues that the root cause of these epidemics can be traced to a group whose vocal proponents insist that vaccines are harmful, […]

Book Review: Migrants and Their Money: Surviving financial exclusion

Migrants and their Money highlights how migrants negotiate the complex financial landscape they encounter and the diverse formal and informal ways in which they manage their money in London – a city that is often considered the financial capital of the world. Howard Jones finds the book provides a very readable, informative and illuminating account of the work and lives of diverse migrant communities. […]

Book Review: European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging

European Identity and Culture explores cultural aspects of transnational identity formation. At its core, it tries to shed light on why there is both resistance and a search for common belonging in Europe. Amy Ludlow finds that in reframing our conceptual understanding of identity and its formation, this book sheds light upon how we might respond to the longstanding crisis […]

Book Review: History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British Politics: Past Politics and Present Histories

This book explores the use of the past in modern British politics. It examines party political perspectives on British history and the historical process, and also looks at the ways in which memory is instituted within the parties in practice, through archives, written histories and commemorations. Krista Cowman finds it to be of much interest. History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British […]

Book Review: Attlee: A Life in Politics

Clement Attlee – the man who created the welfare state and decolonised vast swathes of the British Empire – has been acclaimed by many as Britains’ greatest twentieth-century Prime Minister. Yet somehow Attlee the man remains elusive and little known. How did such a moderate, modest man bring about so many enduring changes? What are the secrets of his leadership […]

Book Review: Why the Olympics Aren’t Good for Us, And How They Can Be

Sports activist and writer Mark Perryman presents a sharply critical take on the way the  London Olympic Games have been organized, and provides what he sees as a blueprint for how they could be improved. The London Olympics have been promoted as of great benefit for the host city and nation, but will they deliver on legacy and sustainability promises? Rebecca […]

There are large gaps in the knowledge about the costs and benefits of higher education amongst students

Applications for university places have fallen largely due to a trebling of university fees and students’ lack of knowledge of how fees will be paid. Sandra McNally, Martin McGuigan and Gill Wyness show that supplying year 10 students with accessible information can reverse the fears of those who believe that university is simply too expensive. Applications for university places are down […]