The Endgame: How might the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government finish?

As the partisan debates around legislation on gay marriage wend their convoluted way through the Commons this week, exposing once again huge fissures between Conservative MPs and activists on the one hand and the PM and leading government modernizers on the other, so speculation about the end of the coalition government and the date of the next general election has […]

The LSE’s simple guide to UK voting systems

The UK uses a wide range of voting systems to elect MPs; MEPs in the European Parliament; members of the devolved parliaments or assemblies in Scotland, Wales and London; councillors in local authorities; and the London Mayor, other city mayors and police commissioners in England. Here Patrick Dunleavy, Tony Travers, and Chris Gilson offer the definitive simple guide to all […]

Book Review: Enterprising Care? Unpaid Voluntary Action in the 21st Century by Irene Hardhill and Susan Baines

Many voluntary organisations now face having to take up the provision of some public services as government funding shrinks, and are also under considerable pressure to become more enterprising. Chris Gilson reviews Enterprising Care? which includes case study descriptions, discussions of academic debates about volunteering, work and care as well as research practice.  Enterprising Care? Unpaid Voluntary Action in the 21st Century. Irene […]

Five minutes with Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson: “Blogging is quite simply, one of the most important things that an academic should be doing right now”.

Following this week’s the launch of EUROPP – an academic blog investigating matters of European Politics and Policy – Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Gilson (also the creators of this blog!)  discuss social scientists’ obligation to spread their research to the wider world and how blogging can help academics break out of restrictive publishing loops. LSE’s Public Policy Group already run two academic […]

Book Review: Tales From Facebook

Daniel Miller‘s book is a welcome and distinctive contribution to what is currently a small body of work on emerging online social networks, finds Chris Gilson. Tales from Facebook. Daniel Miller. Polity Books. July 2011. Find this book:    Facebook, the near all-encompassing social network. In a few short years, the creation of Harvard genius and entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, has expanded to […]

Darling scuppers Miliband’s best line of attack, back and forth debates over the 50p tax rates, and more concern over the future of the NHS: round up of political blogs for 3-9 September

Chris Gilson, Danielle Moran and Paul Rainford take a look at the week in political blogging. Party politics The FT’s Westminster Blog wonders whether the Greens could capture the support of disaffected Liberal Democrats. Politics Home notes that David Laws’ comeback is under way, and Political Betting wonders whether the coalition has become a loveless marriage.

Book Review: Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities

Chris Gilson finds Witold Rybczynski‘s work to be an excellent and engaging exploration into how we might manage our urban future. Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities. Witold Rybczynski. Simon and Schuster. November 2010. Find this book: Google Books Amazon It is estimated that more than 50 per cent of the world’s population now live in urban areas. This marks an […]

Punitive reactions by ministers or the judiciary seek to deter future riots. But if such measures undermine the perceived fairness and legitimacy of the criminal justice system and worsen police-community relations, they could prove counter-productive

Ministers clearly believe that harsh sentences for those convicted in the recent disorder, and the arrest and prosecution of those involved (even in minor ways)will create strong disincentives for future potential rioters. The government has also found like-minded judges, magistrates and prosecutors to give added impetus to this push in the immediate riot aftermath. But Chris Gilson points to voices […]

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