British and Irish Politics and Policy

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    Why UK banks are like public utilities – and should be regulated as such

Why UK banks are like public utilities – and should be regulated as such

Banks have economic features similar to those of utility service providers – which are typically regulated more heavily than other companies – writes Phil Molyneux. He  explains how banks ought to be regulated with this point in mind, and concludes that greater regulatory oversight of bank pricing and service provision is necessary.

It has been nearly a decade since the […]

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    More than just ‘dreamers’ and ‘students’: where did Labour’s support come from in 2017?

More than just ‘dreamers’ and ‘students’: where did Labour’s support come from in 2017?

To explain the result of the 2017 general election for Labour, Peter Dorey examines the scale of the party’s support not only among younger voters, but also among professions in different socioeconomic categories. The analysis yields some surprising findings.

It is very rare that a general election which did not result in a change of government can still be described […]

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    Brexit was not the voice of the working class nor of the uneducated – it was of the squeezed middle

Brexit was not the voice of the working class nor of the uneducated – it was of the squeezed middle

Lorenza Antonucci, Laszlo Horvath, and André Krouwel challenge the popular view of Leave voters as those left behind educationally and financially. They explain why it is individuals from an intermediate class, whose financial position has been declining, that represent an important section of the Brexit vote.

Over the past year or so, Brexit has been interpreted as the symbol of a historical […]

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    Racial discrimination in UK housing has a long history and deep roots

Racial discrimination in UK housing has a long history and deep roots

Following the publication of the government’s racial disparity audit, Kevin Gulliver gives an overview of such disparities in housing. Drawing on several studies on the matter, he explains the causes and suggests some of the solutions.

The Government’s racial disparity audit, built on data from a range of fields of inquiry, underscores the endurance of racial discrimination and disadvantage in […]

Why oil matters for British politics

Despite not being talked about often in British politics, oil has a very important role in the economic and political issues that confront the West. Helen Thompson draws on her new book to explain the problems that the rising cost of oil posed in the years leading up to the 2008 crash, and the difficulties that a volatile oil […]

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    Why the idea of ‘generation’ needs to be articulated more carefully in politics

Why the idea of ‘generation’ needs to be articulated more carefully in politics

Ben Little and Alison Winch explain the different meanings of generation in political culture and highlight the tension that exists between them. They argue that a successful application of the concept is able to mark both continuity and difference, turning the power of conservative thought to radical ends.

In mainstream political culture, one of the most frequently recurring – and […]

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    Independence in the Age of Disruption: questions for Scotland’s main parties

Independence in the Age of Disruption: questions for Scotland’s main parties

In light of the party conference season, Gerry Hassan provides an overview of the issues the SNP, Labour, and the Conservatives must urgently deal with in Scotland. He argues that with the challenges and ruptures that lie ahead, Scotland will need a very different kind of politics.

Scottish politics is in a strange place at the moment – not one […]

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    ‘A conservatism that keeps the British dream alive’ – the rhetoric of Theresa May’s conference speech

‘A conservatism that keeps the British dream alive’ – the rhetoric of Theresa May’s conference speech

During her conference speech, Theresa May was subjected to events which were out of her control – a cold, a prankster, and falling letters. But this explanation may mean little to those who were not in the conference chamber, writes Andrew S. Crines. He analyses the speech and concludes that the PM could pay a high price for the […]