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    EU citizens in the UK are in a particularly weak position and need an independent authority to monitor their rights

EU citizens in the UK are in a particularly weak position and need an independent authority to monitor their rights

The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (WA) has been unveiled, but the protection of EU citizens’ rights after Brexit is still a hotly debated topic. As things stand now, EU citizens living in Britain may risk falling into an implementation gap created by the limitations to bottom-up enforcement and the limits of international dispute settlement. Stijn Smismans argues that EU citizens in the […]

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    Understanding policy over- and underreactions in times of crisis

Understanding policy over- and underreactions in times of crisis

Not all crises are met with proportionate policies: there can sometimes be a lack of balance between the costs of a policy and the benefits that are derived from it. Moshe Maor sets out a conceptual toolbox to help understand these responses. He argues that disporportionate responses are not necessarily the result of error, but can be intentionally designed […]

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    Book Review: Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland: Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience

Book Review: Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland: Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience

In Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland: Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience, Azrini Wahidin draws upon the voices of female former combatants in the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to challenge the silencing of their experiences both during the Troubles and in the subsequent peace process, with particular emphasis upon their memories of imprisonment. Based on extensive […]

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    UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

Portraying the Commonwealth as a group of trading partners who share similar values and that will bolster the UK’s influence and prosperity after Brexit is at best delusional, writes Fred Carver. He argues that while the Commonwealth can be used as a diplomatic network in certain cases, it should not be used as a catch-all excuse for trade […]

April 14th, 2018|Brexit, Featured|6 Comments|
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    How people feel about what companies do with their data is just as important as what they know about it

How people feel about what companies do with their data is just as important as what they know about it

The recent revelation that Cambridge Analytica was able to acquire the Facebook data of 50 million people has led to a surge of interest and questions around what companies do with people’s data. Amidst all of this, little attention has been paid to the feelings of those whose data are used, shared, and acted upon. According to Helen Kennedy, […]

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    The myth of a post-racial society: white privilege is still being perpetuated in English schools

The myth of a post-racial society: white privilege is still being perpetuated in English schools

English schools still have a problem with racism, writes Kalwant Bhopal, and explains that, in spite of legislation aimed to address inequalities, schools have no legal obligation to record racist incidents. As a result, rhetoric of inclusive policy-making only serves to reinforce white privilege within the school space.

“Black boy tied to lamppost and whipped at school’s mock slave auction […]

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    Book Review: Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

Book Review: Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes

In Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes, Diane Reay draws on interviews with over 500 children to explore the class inequalities that persist in UK education today from the transition to secondary school up to university. The book’s personalisation of everyday working-class experiences of education, combined with statistical evidence on continued inequality, makes this engaging and timely reading, finds Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster.
Miseducation: […]

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    Identification with Englishness is the best clue to understanding support for Brexit

Identification with Englishness is the best clue to understanding support for Brexit

Commentators have often sought to explain Brexit as a form of resistance to globalisation, but Jan Eichhorn argues we should treat such conclusions with caution. His analysis highlights that attempts to link Brexit to particular social classes or age groups underplay much of the division within these categories, and that identification with Englishness offers one of the best clues to understanding voting behaviour during […]

March 31st, 2018|Featured|7 Comments|