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    To be less dependent on immigration, Britain must change its model of capitalism

To be less dependent on immigration, Britain must change its model of capitalism

The British economy is structurally dependent on migrant workers because it is lightly regulated and depends heavily on domestic demand, write Alexandre Afonso and Camilla Devitt. They explain why less immigration will require a greater role for the state.

The desire to lower immigration has been one of the main drivers behind the Brexit vote. Now, Theresa May’s cabinet […]

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    Long Read Review: Deplorable Me: The Alt-Right Comes to Power

Long Read Review: Deplorable Me: The Alt-Right Comes to Power

J.A Smith reflects on two recent books that help us to take stock of the election of President Donald Trump as part of the wider rise of the ‘alt-right’, questioning furthermore how the left today might contend with the emergence of those at one time termed ‘a basket of deplorables’.

Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of […]

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    Which subjects bring the best career outcomes for UK university students?

Which subjects bring the best career outcomes for UK university students?

One of the most important dilemmas young people face if they’ve chosen to pursue Higher Education is which subject to study. Should they study something they’re passionate about, or the subject with higher chance of good graduate employment and higher income? Natasha Codiroli Mcmaster explains why STEM graduates have an advantage in getting jobs and in mental wellbeing, but […]

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    Five important questions the government’s Brexit customs plan fails to answer

Five important questions the government’s Brexit customs plan fails to answer

The government’s recent paper on future customs arrangements sets out its objectives for how goods trade with the EU will be governed following Brexit. However, as Thomas Sampson outlines below, the proposal is incomplete and leaves unanswered five key questions about the UK’s position.

The most welcome aspect of the government’s policy paper on future customs arrangements is its acknowledgement of the desirability of a transition […]

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    Christian Socialism: does left-wing Christianity exist in British politics?

Christian Socialism: does left-wing Christianity exist in British politics?

Although Christianity is often associated with conservatism, Christian Socialism is a well-established ideological strand within British politics, explains Anthony A.J. Williams. He outlines its origins and evolution.

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s first duties after his re-election as leader of the Labour Party in September 2016 was an appearance at the Sunday morning service organised by Christians on the Left, at […]

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    The British are indifferent about many aspects of Brexit, and divided on several others

The British are indifferent about many aspects of Brexit, and divided on several others

Sara Hobolt and Thomas Leeper examined public opinion on various dimensions of Brexit using an innovative technique for revealing preferences. Their results suggest that while the public is largely indifferent about many aspects of the negotiations, Leave and Remain voters are divided on several key issues. 

Measuring public preferences is commonly approached through survey questionnaires, in which individuals express a […]

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    Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Violence against female politicians – and the threat of it – is becoming much more common, and not only in Britain. Mona Lena Krook looks at how social media has opened up new channels for harassment, what distinguishes misogynistic attacks, and how other countries are responding to them. Ignoring or playing down the problem is not an option: it represents a […]

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    Criss-crossing the country: did Corbyn and May’s constituency visits impact on their GE17 performance?

Criss-crossing the country: did Corbyn and May’s constituency visits impact on their GE17 performance?

Did constituency visits by the Labour and Conservative leaders impact on the election result? Alia Middleton explains why Jeremy Corbyn’s unconventional campaign trail did help Labour, whose vote share rose in areas he visited, while Theresa May’s visits appear to have made little difference.

No sooner had Theresa May stood outside Number 10 on 18 April 2017 to announce the […]

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