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    Book Review: Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change: Uncomfortable Positions in Local Government by Hannah Jones

Book Review: Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change: Uncomfortable Positions in Local Government by Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones aims to explore how multiculturalism, inequality and belonging are understood in the day-to-day thinking and practices of local government. The rich details of this book, in which interviews and in situ accounts are integrated with a national imperative to engage with and direct the diversification of society, are compelling, and the book should be widely read by academics, […]

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    Northern Ireland is suddenly relevant for Westminster elections and Westminster is relevant for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is suddenly relevant for Westminster elections and Westminster is relevant for Northern Ireland

What happens in the 18 constituencies of Northern Ireland next May could well be of profound importance both for the outcome at Westminster and for the stability of Northern Ireland. In past elections, MPs from Northern Ireland have been largely irrelevant to the legislative arithmetic of government formation in Westminster. However, in 2015, as Matthew Whiting shows in this […]

Anger and fear: how do they shape our vote?

‘Angry voters turn to anti-politics of Nigel Farage’, the FT reports. Scotland’s ‘No’ campaign tried to scare people into voting against independence, Alex Salmond argued. Such statements are not rare. When explaining how people vote, we often turn to emotional explanations, and usually we don’t mean this as a compliment. Instead, saying that people’s decisions are emotional is used […]

Does performance-related pay work in the public sector?

What do we know about whether performance-related pay schemes work to improve performance in the public sector? Beth Foley, Tiffany Tsang and Kathryn Ray review the evidence and urge caution, finding that such schemes are far more complex than they first appear, the evidence is frequently inconsistent, and that much depends on the design and context of the scheme.

George Osborne’s announcement […]

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    English Votes for English Laws is the start of a longer process that will change how we think about the territories of the UK

English Votes for English Laws is the start of a longer process that will change how we think about the territories of the UK

The announcement by William Hague of a range of options for English Votes for English Laws should be seen as the start of a wider process, says Charlie Jeffery. That process is likely to include, at least, a clearer separation of England and Wales as jurisdictions and reform of how Westminster and Whitehall – not to mention the electorate […]

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    The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

An increasingly narrow UK migration debate is centred on the shared desire to keep poor migrants out, with many arguing that mass immigration exacerbates inequality. But, as a new book by Katy Long shows, there is in fact overwhelming evidence that enabling freedom of movement can play a vital role in combating poverty and opening up opportunity, not just for immigrants and […]

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    English Votes for English Laws is a constitutional issue which has become intensely political

English Votes for English Laws is a constitutional issue which has become intensely political

Hours after the Scottish independence referendum results were in, David Cameron announced that any further devolution to Scotland would be linked to a resolution of the ‘West Lothian question’, whereby Scottish MPs are able to vote for legislation in Westminster that affects England but not their own constituencies. William Hague was tasked with leading a consultation process on the issue of English […]

Scotland: if not independence then a federacy?

Now that the Smith Commission has reported, are we closer to the federal vision that some have conceived as an alternative to Scottish independence? Rather than a federation, Eve Hepburn writes that Scotland may come to resemble a different, lesser known ‘f-word’; a federacy, where there is considerable self-rule, but much less shared-rule than envisaged in federations. 

A great deal of analysis has gone into why Scotland voted ‘No’ […]

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