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    Statistically flawed ‘evidence’ has been used to scrap AS-levels

Statistically flawed ‘evidence’ has been used to scrap AS-levels

Michael Gove and David Laws have changed the examination system for post-16 students at English schools and colleges, and in doing so have altered the basis on which universities can make their conditional offers to applicants. To justify that change, they commissioned in-house research – published in May 2013. That research appears to be statistically flawed, however; Ron Johnston, […]

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    Integrating refugees into the UK labour market requires shifting focus away from social networks and towards language and dispersal policy

Integrating refugees into the UK labour market requires shifting focus away from social networks and towards language and dispersal policy

In this article, Sin Yi Cheung and Jenny Phillimore analyse the government’s Survey of New Refugees to get a sense of what works for asylum seekers. They find that the mere possession of social networks was not enough to enhance access to employment. Therefore, they argue for shifting focus away from social networks and towards more functional matters; for instance, improving language competency and housing […]

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    Policy bubbles: What factors drive their birth, maturity and death?

Policy bubbles: What factors drive their birth, maturity and death?

A policy bubble is a policy overreaction that is reinforced by positive feedback over a relatively long period of time. Policy bubbles impose social costs without producing offsetting benefits. Moshe Maor explores this phenomenon and explains how it may mature as a result of over-optimism and overconfidence among policymakers and the general public, or as a result of human herding and emotional contagion. 

Policy scholars and practitioners claim that the Eurozone has been, and still is, a policy bubble akin […]

Crushing the Palestinian uprising: A prequel

As fighting once again rages between Israelis and Palestinians, it is worth taking a look back in history to the time when the British held authority over the region. In this article, Carly Beckerman-Boys looks at how the British authorities handled the Arab resistance in the 1930s, finding it to be remarkably similar to the actions and policies of Israel vis-a-vis […]

Youth unemployment produces multiple scarring effects

It is clear that youth unemployment leads to many negative outcomes in terms of both material and mental wellbeing. Here, Ronald McQuaid summarises the multiple scarring effects of youth unemployment. Current high levels of youth unemployment will therefore be felt by society for decades, making effective policy responses incredibly important. 
Being unemployed when young leads to a higher likelihood of long-term ‘scarring’ in later […]

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    Capitalism need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites

Capitalism need not churn inexorably toward higher inequality; democracies can tame the disproportionate power of elites

While some democracies adopt policies that systematically tend to favour the majority of the population and thus reduce inequality, others instead create policies that favour elites and the wealthy more broadly. Mike Albertus and Victor Menaldo find that the effect of democracy on redistribution is a function of the conditions under which countries transition to democracy. In democracies where elites have had little say in […]

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    Book Review: Political Bubbles: Financial crises and the failure of American democracy by Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal

Book Review: Political Bubbles: Financial crises and the failure of American democracy by Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal

Political Bubbles is very enjoyable, insightful, and challenging, writes Declan Jordan. It addresses a remarkably under-analysed aspect of the financial crisis and the interface generally between politics and economics. Some of the political failures that came to the fore for the financial crises are just as likely to hinder political approaches to important problems, including poverty, inequality, and climate change. […]

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    Book Review: Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman

Book Review: Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman

The United Nations was established to safeguard world peace and security, development, and human rights, yet it is undeniable that it sometimes fails to protect the rights of a great many people. This book aims to look at the reasons for that failure. Rosa Freedman offers explanations of how and why the organisation is unable, at best, or unwilling, at […]

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