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    Taxing times in Scotland: what to make of the emerging debate

Taxing times in Scotland: what to make of the emerging debate

The announcement by Kezia Dugdale that Scottish Labour would use devolved tax powers to add 1p to all the main rates of Scottish income tax – a similar stance to the Lib Dems, and hot on the heels of the Conservatives proposing a new intermediate 30p tax band – marks a new chapter in Scottish politics. Gavin Kelly explains […]

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    Modern slavery? The UK visa system and the exploitation of migrant domestic workers

Modern slavery? The UK visa system and the exploitation of migrant domestic workers

It might be hard to believe that a domestic worker – or anyone – is currently forced to sleep on a bathroom floor or is locked up in a house. Yet such experiences are very real for those who come to the UK on an overseas domestic worker visa, writes Virginia Mantouvalou. She explains how the current system – […]

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    Lobbying, loopholes, honours, and revolving doors: without reform, the government perpetuates corruption

Lobbying, loopholes, honours, and revolving doors: without reform, the government perpetuates corruption

The new year has brought yet more comment about the exploitation of loopholes in the ethical oversight of British politics, long flagged as a key corruption risk for the UK byTransparency International.  It is, of course, arguable which cases are corrupt, which represent poor judgement, and which are ethical failures – but from the granting of a knighthood to Lynton Crosby […]

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    Britain can block migrant benefits – no one in Europe actually cares

Britain can block migrant benefits – no one in Europe actually cares

Despite the Prime Minister being in search of an emergency break, the debate over in-work benefits is symbolic, writes Clara Sandelind. Welfare is not the main reason people choose to come to the UK while EU migrants do not claim more such benefits than the British. Even those who will be affected by a possible change, they will continue […]

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    Not meeting the challenge: the failings of the draft Wales bill

Not meeting the challenge: the failings of the draft Wales bill

The draft Wales bill is far from the fair, clear and lasting devolution settlement Wales seeks, writes Alan Trench. Drawing on a project hosted jointly by The Constitution Unit and The Wales Governance Centre, he explains that the ‘necessity test’ and the not thought-through ‘reserved powers’ approach would make it particularly difficult for the Welsh Assembly to legislate on […]

The policy successes (and failures) of British MEPs

How do British MEPs fare in the European Parliament? In a previous article Simon Hix demonstrated that British MEPs are less likely to be on the ‘winning side’ in European Parliament votes than MEPs from any other state. Here, he breaks down the success by policy area, noting that British MEPs do reasonably well in some policy areas UK […]

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    How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

The UK’s referendum on EU membership may well be one of the main stories of 2016, with David Cameron recently suggesting it could be held as early as this summer. Montserrat Guibernau writes that understanding Euroscepticism requires an account of a range of different elements, including identity, attitudes toward globalisation, and responses to diversity within nation states.

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    A dual process: New Labour, politicisation, and depoliticisation

A dual process: New Labour, politicisation, and depoliticisation

Issues such as the UK’s low health spending often bring about discussions as to whether depoliticisation could be the solution. Yet delegating decision-making to non-experts is not a new concept in British politics, raising the question whether its realisation has failed. Looking at New Labour’s reform of public services, Patrick Diamond explains that assessing depoliticisation requires an understanding of […]

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