British and Irish Politics and Policy

Assessing David Cameron’s legacy

David Cameron’s political career was cut short by last year’s dramatic Brexit vote. Chris Byrne, Nick Randall and Kevin Theakston look back on his time in office, and how the history books will judge him. 

For David Cameron 2017 will be a year of ‘exciting new challenges’. Chief among these will be joining the after dinner speaking circuit of former prime ministers and […]

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    Book Review: The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy by Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz

Book Review: The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy by Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz

How has the digital era changed notions of ownership? In The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy, Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz explore how digital products are typically licensed rather than owned and defend the continued importance of personal property in the digital economy. While Christopher May is somewhat frustrated by the exclusive focus on US law and […]

Trump and Brexit: the fall of liberal values?

2016 in many ways appeared to ring the death knell for liberal democracies. Manjeet Ramgotra explores why the outcomes of the UK referendum and US elections were so close and the implications of this for democracy and liberal values.

 

The year 2016 has changed the political landscapes of Europe and the United States of America.  The United Kingdom rejected its longstanding membership in the […]

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    Immigration policy will be the test of Theresa May’s “shared society”

Immigration policy will be the test of Theresa May’s “shared society”

The Prime Minister has a vision for a “shared society”. Yet, the Brexit vote revealed that large sections of the population have a vision for an old order. Tony Hockley writes that in this context, the government’s immigration policy is critical. He sees Brexit as an opportunity to shift norms of local identity, and draws on the Conservative Party’s […]

The year in review: Brexit and then some

In our 2015 end-of-year review, John Van Reenen predicted that Britain was heading towards Brexit. The causes of the vote, the failures of the polls, and the “Brexit-Trump syndrome” were the topics of some of our most popular articles of 2016. 
The aftermath of the Brexit vote – the verdict from a derided expert

John Van Reenen was disappointed but not […]

How to ban a terrorist organisation

The UK recently banned National Action – a far-right extremist group that had risen to prominence for its glorification of Nazi atrocities and of the killing of Jo Cox MP. This brought the total number of groups listed under the UK’s proscription regime to 85. Lee Jarvis and Tim Legrand tease out ten key features of the parliamentary debates […]

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    The Scottish Government’s Brexit proposals are politically savvy and all-but-impossible

The Scottish Government’s Brexit proposals are politically savvy and all-but-impossible

Nicola Sturgeon recently unveiled her government’s well-trailed, long-awaited Brexit paper. The 62-page paper sets out two options. The Scottish Government’s preferred outcome is for the UK to participate fully in the European single market and to remain within the EU’s customs union.  Daniel Kenealy argues that these plans may be politically savvy, but are all-but-impossible.

Sturgeon proposes that the UK joins the European […]

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    British political identity and Iraq: how we think of ourselves shapes where and when we fight

British political identity and Iraq: how we think of ourselves shapes where and when we fight

British involvement in the Iraq War, and the political contestation it generated, highlight important questions about British politics and the conduct of security policy. How did the government seek to create a narrative that Iraq was a threat requiring military action? To what degree was Blair successful, and why? Jarrod Hayes explains that, at least in part, the answers […]

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