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    ‘Doing God’ according to David Cameron: evangelism and Christian Britain

‘Doing God’ according to David Cameron: evangelism and Christian Britain

Unlike other British Prime Ministers, David Cameron often invoked his personal faith in public, and more than once called Britain a ‘Christian country’. Chris Allen examines why Cameron and the Conservatives’ discourses about ‘doing God’ were not as straightforward as they may at first have seemed.

Since Alistair Campbell notoriously told Tony Blair during an interview with Vanity Fair in […]

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    The many ways in which Universal Credit could adversely affect family structures

The many ways in which Universal Credit could adversely affect family structures

The way Universal Credit has been designed is troubling, especially for couple households that will be paid a single monthly payment in one account. Yet while the difficulties of managing a monthly budget have been acknowledged, the idea has almost universally been lauded as a good one. Rita Griffiths explains the various reasons why this is not the case.

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    Beyond anecdotes on lowering the voting age: new evidence from Scotland

Beyond anecdotes on lowering the voting age: new evidence from Scotland

The question whether to lower the voting age in the UK has been the subject of ongoing debate. Jan Eichhorn writes that, although much of the discussion has been based around normative arguments and personal stories, it is crucial to review the evidence so that the empirical arguments prevail.

In November 2017 the House of Commons debated a private members’ […]

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    Brexit assessments: ignorance isn’t bliss — quantitative forecasts do matter

Brexit assessments: ignorance isn’t bliss — quantitative forecasts do matter

When questioned about the government’s Brexit sectoral impact assessments, David Davis said there were none, because “economic forecasts do not work”. Costas Milas explains why this excuse does not hold up.

Quizzed at a hearing of the Exiting the European Union Committee, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis stated that there are no sectoral impact assessments […]

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    Reforming modern employment: have the Conservatives done enough to become the party of workers?

Reforming modern employment: have the Conservatives done enough to become the party of workers?

Have the Conservatives fulfilled Theresa May’s pledge to become Britain’s workers’ party? Not as it currently stands, writes Tonia Novitz. She explains what the actual plight of British workers is, what steps have been taken by May’s government to address it, and why they fall short of what is needed.

Can the Tories can become ‘the workers’ party’? This was […]

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    Britain’s social (in)security system: welfare conditionality and its impact on social citizenship

Britain’s social (in)security system: welfare conditionality and its impact on social citizenship

There is a stark disconnect between social citizenship as narrated from above, and social citizenship as it is lived from below, writes Ruth Patrick. She explains why we need to rethink how citizenship is experienced by those at the sharp end of the rapid escalation of welfare conditionality.

In today’s Britain, the idea of a welfare state and social security […]

How Momentum got Britain’s youth interested in politics

Momentum has played a key role in regenerating interest in electoral politics among young people. Sarah Pickard explains how the tactics they employed have been met with ongoing success, and how they harnessed the enthusiasm and energy of young people to campaign for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

One of the dominant narratives about the 2017 General Election result is that […]

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    How effective is online communication between the elected and their electors?

How effective is online communication between the elected and their electors?

In its early days, some considered the internet to be the silver bullet that could deal with the deficits of representative democracy. Others had been less optimistic vis-à-vis its potential to foster democracy. Hartwig Pautz looks at whether the e-democracy tool WriteToThem allows for meaningful communication between citizens and their elected representatives.

Since its creation, the internet has been […]