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    EU citizens in Britain are already being stigmatised – and it’s likely to get worse

EU citizens in Britain are already being stigmatised – and it’s likely to get worse

After the Brexit vote, a ‘silent majority’ was revealed, whereby those prejudiced against EU immigrants now felt they could express those views freely. But discrimination is not only the result of bigotry, writes Thomas Roulet. He explains the many ways EU citizens are already being stigmatised in Britain, and how such treatment may progressively lead to an erosion of […]

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    Book Review: Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse

Book Review: Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse

In Developing England’s North: The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse, editors Craig Berry and Arianna Giovannini bring together contributors to explore different facets of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ as announced in a Manchester speech by then UK Chancellor, George Osborne. This is a valuable collection that shows the incoherence and ineffectiveness of the NP, and the urgent need to develop political […]

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    What Carillion’s collapse tells us about public sector outsourcing

What Carillion’s collapse tells us about public sector outsourcing

Simon Wren-Lewis reflects on the collapse of the construction firm Carillion and on the problems that have ensued for the government. Weighing the pros and cons, he suggests that it is likely that some of the current Private Finance Initiative (PFI) outsourcing was influenced by ideological considerations rather than being purely evidence-based, and warns that the next government should […]

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    Can mandatory gender pay gap reporting deliver true opportunity for women?

Can mandatory gender pay gap reporting deliver true opportunity for women?

From April 2018, the UK will be one of the first countries in the world to implement mandatory gender pay gap reporting for companies with 250 or more employees. Louise Dalingwater assesses the policy, which was first announced by the Coalition in 2010, and highlights the reasons why it may not address gender inequalities effectively. 

In 2014, a highly critical report commissioned […]

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    Book Review: Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart

Book Review: Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart

In Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart, editors Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow make a compelling moral case for the social sciences to challenge the prevailing neoliberal climate based around profit-making and individualism. The book’s central message — that the notion of the social needs to be reclaimed and restored for a better society — makes this […]

January 14th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Labour market institutions still matter for workforce equality in the knowledge economy

Labour market institutions still matter for workforce equality in the knowledge economy

Many observers have assumed that the transition to the knowledge economy has weakened the ability of labour market institutions to combat inequality. David Hope and Angelo Martelli illustrate that labour market institutions still retain the capacity to shelter workers from structural changes in the economy, including the continued shift of workers into high-value added service sectors.

The last forty years have seen a […]

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    The gendered impact of austerity: Cuts are widening the poverty gap between women and men

The gendered impact of austerity: Cuts are widening the poverty gap between women and men

Ellie Mae MacDonald explains that women are disproportionately hit by the UK government’s austerity policies. She argues that many government policies, though seemingly gender-neutral, have profoundly gendered impacts. In particular, changes to Universal Credit and cuts to services and public-sector jobs have increased the number of women living in poverty relative to men.

Women are poorer than men. As a worldwide […]

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    Winning back votes from the far right: does the centre right’s focus on immigration pay off?

Winning back votes from the far right: does the centre right’s focus on immigration pay off?

With the rise of far-right parties in Europe during the 2000s, some centre-right parties spotted an opportunity to win back votes by pivoting towards immigration. James F Downes and Matthew Loveless find that they were more successful if they were out of government at the time. Incumbent centre-right parties, on the other hand, struggled to cut through on the issue.

What has driven the […]