British and Irish Politics and Policy

Read my lips: no such thing as a Brexit dividend

After all the debunking it has had, including the admission from prominent ‘Leave’ supporters that it was phoney, the continuing hold on British public debate of the claim of £350 million per week for the NHS is an abiding mystery. Iain Begg explains that there is no such thing as a Brexit dividend.

Few doubt the need for increased funding for […]

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    A changing democracy: the British political tradition has never been more vulnerable

A changing democracy: the British political tradition has never been more vulnerable

Never before has the British political tradition been more contested, write Matthew Hall, David Marsh, and Emma Vines. They explain that British democracy is facing three major challenges – Scottish independence, Brexit, and anti-politics – and these have the potential to force change on an otherwise stale political establishment.

British politics is in a state of flux; yet for all the […]

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    Government wants healthcare staff to change patients’ behaviour – but that’s unlikely to work

Government wants healthcare staff to change patients’ behaviour – but that’s unlikely to work

Lorelei Jones examines government efforts encouraging healthcare professionals to get patients to change their behaviour. Drawing on her ethnographic research in England, together with analysing various educational practices and training materials used she explains why these efforts are unlikely to accomplish governmental objectives.

Government policy is increasingly focused on encouraging citizens to act responsibly and to be less reliant on public […]

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    Lifting the visa cap for nurses and doctors is not all the NHS needs to relieve its staff shortages

Lifting the visa cap for nurses and doctors is not all the NHS needs to relieve its staff shortages

With the NHS facing rapidly depleting staff numbers, can disaster be avoided? Olivia Bridge explains what is causing this problem and whether the government’s actions so far – in particular the decision to exclude doctors and nurses from Tier 2 Visa caps – are enough to address it.

With the NHS nearing its 70th birthday, many healthcare professionals raised awareness to […]

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    Elections rather than public opinion determine the broad direction of government policy

Elections rather than public opinion determine the broad direction of government policy

Does UK public policy respond to changes in public preferences? If so, is this the result of the government adjusting its agenda, or of unpopular governments being voted out and replaced by those more in line with public opinion? New research by John Bartle, Sebastian Dellepiane-Avellaneda, and Anthony McGann finds that voters’ signals broadly work to guide parties to […]

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    Why the Good Friday Agreement is on life support – and why hope still remains

Why the Good Friday Agreement is on life support – and why hope still remains

The central support beams of the Good Friday Agreement — power-sharing and Europeanisation — have become so weakened that its sustainability is now under threat, explains John Nagle. But there is still hope for recovery, and it rests with Northern Ireland’s liberal younger generation.

April 10 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). […]

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    Bulgarians in London: a community of strength, but one hidden in the shadows

Bulgarians in London: a community of strength, but one hidden in the shadows

Many Bulgarians have moved to the UK since the early-2000s but, as Maria Koinova notes, little research has been conducted on their views on life in Britain. Drawing on a new survey of Bulgarians in London, she writes that the Bulgarian community is notably different from the way it has been portrayed in the British media.

On 3 May, researchers […]

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    The City’s pivot to China in a post-Brexit world: a uniquely vulnerable policy

The City’s pivot to China in a post-Brexit world: a uniquely vulnerable policy

To explain why trading European markets for Chinese is not a simple switch, Jeremy Green examines the City of London Corporation’s role within economic policy-making, as well as the embrace of Chinese finance under the Coalition government.

These are extraordinarily turbulent times for the City of London. Over the past decade, it has faced two major challenges. From 2007-8, it […]