Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate provides detailed answers to a number of pressing questions: What exactly is ISIS? Where did it come from? Who is behind it? How does it function? What are the reasons for its success? Daniel Falkiner welcomes the rich description and analysis and finds Abdel Bari Atwan does an admirable job of explaining the ways Islamic State exploits 21st century […]
Research by Marc Cowling and colleagues examines what happens to smaller businesses in a time of economic crisis. They find that recessions do take their toll on the smaller business sector, but these effects appear relatively short lived in general and affect specific types of small businesses and entrepreneurs more than others.
The global financial crisis that unfolded in 2008, and the economic […]
The process that led to the election of Jeremy Corbyn was so important because it questioned the model of political parties as electoral machines. It showed that a party can be a living association, writes Lea Ypi.
One of the most curious aspects of the Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon is how the new Labour leader seems to irritate, provoke, offend and […]
The creation of an Alawi-minority coastal canton is a sine qua non for cutting the Gordian knot that is the Syrian conflict, argues Eric Kaufmann.
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama emerged from talks this week predictably far apart on the question of Bashar Al-Assad’s future. Russia wants him to remain as their client, recognising him as the country’s leader. Britain […]
A new analysis of the economic impacts of climate change contains some serious flaws and exposes a lack of consistency with the scientific evidence, writes Bob Ward.
On 18 September, the World Economic Forum published a blog on its website that controversially suggested the overall impacts of unmitigated climate change this century could be positive, even if global average temperature […]
The current economic outlook in the UK as well as global market conditions justify a policy rate of 0.5 per cent. In fact, if we are looking at the international environment for policy rate “hints”, financial volatility rather than the federal funds rate is the variable to keep an eye on. Starting with small and carefully implemented Monetary Policy Committee […]
“Fulfilling Our Potential”: what policymakers’ rhetoric reveals about the future of Higher Education
With universities entering increasingly uncertain times, a new discourse of Higher Education policy is beginning to emerge. Steven Jones takes a closer look at the metaphors of the market and the linguistics of blame, searching for clues about whether the government’s long-awaited Green Paper will offer a Teaching Excellence Framework that divides the sector further or begins to build […]
Filipa Sá uses the variation in the level of university fees between England and Scotland over time to measure the effect of fees on university applications, course choice and attendance. She finds that applications decrease by about 1.6% for a £1,000 increase in fees and courses that lead to lower salaries and lower employment rates after graduation are more sensitive to […]