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    Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Why the Human Rights Act should not be repealed: an Irish perspective

Arguments against the Human Rights Act are based on misconceptions, writes Conor Gearty. And in the context of Brexit, repealing an Act which is at the heart of devolved nations only to replace it with a British bill of rights would exacerbate the existing alienation that the Leave vote has started. Those misconceptions must be exposed.

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    The future of British social democracy: lessons from Anthony Crosland

The future of British social democracy: lessons from Anthony Crosland

Labour is being torn apart by bitter divisions. The crisis is often attributed to the shortcomings of its leadership, but it actually goes beyond that: it is caused by the absence of a defined ideological mission. Patrick Diamond draws on Anthony Crosland’s “The Future of Socialism” to explain how Labour and the centre-left can make progressive change a reality.

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Giving evidence in Parliament: a how-to guide for academics

Providing evidence to policymakers through select committees is a great way for researchers to influence current policy debates. But if you’ve never done it before, the formality of the task may appear daunting. Patrick Hanley has compiled thoughts and experiences from several LSE academics with their tips on preparing and giving evidence to policymakers.

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    The “power vs. principles” conundrum – or why Labour can’t get a grip

The “power vs. principles” conundrum – or why Labour can’t get a grip

Labour’s future direction is at stake. Its leader has the backing of a large part of the membership yet appears to have no prospect of forming a government in order to deliver upon his vision. Although the trigger was the (tokenistic) addition of Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper in 2015, the crisis is caused by more than Corbyn. […]

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    Interview with Joseph Stiglitz: “Leaving the EU is not going to immunise you against bad policies”

Interview with Joseph Stiglitz: “Leaving the EU is not going to immunise you against bad policies”

Can the euro be saved? How should the EU respond to Brexit? In an interview with editors Artemis Photiadou and Stuart Brown, Nobel Prize-winning economist and bestselling author Joseph Stiglitz discusses the structural problems at the heart of the Eurozone, why an amicable divorce may be preferable to maintaining the single currency, and how EU leaders should respond to […]

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    Brexit means Brexit – but the Norway model is clearly the least worst option

Brexit means Brexit – but the Norway model is clearly the least worst option

There has been no formal statement by Theresa May’s government on when Article 50, which initiates the process for the UK leaving the EU, will be triggered. Gavin Barrett argues that although delaying the process will prolong market uncertainty, the new Prime Minister may be wise to hold off until early 2017 as once Article 50 is invoked much […]

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    Brexit, Whitehall, and the demise of Haldane: the need for a new minister-civil servant relationship?

Brexit, Whitehall, and the demise of Haldane: the need for a new minister-civil servant relationship?

Brexit poses significant challenges to Whitehall, and raises questions about whether the Civil Service is up to the task of negotiating a new settlement for Britain’s place in the world, write Dave Richards and Martin Smith. Outlining the development of Whitehall reforms, they explain why a very different ministerial-civil service relationship is needed, as well as an overhaul of […]

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    Why Brexit negotiations must focus on politics rather than personalities

Why Brexit negotiations must focus on politics rather than personalities

Theresa May has visited a number of European leaders since taking office as UK Prime Minister. Richard Rose writes that while these early diplomatic forays are undoubtedly useful, it is likely that several of the heads of government she has met will no longer be in power when the UK’s Brexit negotiations reach a climax.

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