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    The economy and the Conservative manifesto: economic imagination in a time warp

The economy and the Conservative manifesto: economic imagination in a time warp

Abby Innes offers the second in a short series of articles on the political economy of the manifesto. Here she considers how the party’s economic strategy is made up of incompatible ideas and paradoxes.

“A strong economy built on sound public finances, low taxes, better regulation and free trade deals with markets around the world…a new deal for ordinary, […]

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    “Safe return review” refugee policy: counter-productive and morally indefensible

“Safe return review” refugee policy: counter-productive and morally indefensible

Exploring the government’s new refugee policy, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Clara Sandelind, and Brid Ni Ghráinne argue that the process could prove to be damaging in multiple ways, all while not benefitting anyone. They conclude that it will be difficult to enforce, it will erode social cohesion, and will render the processes of integration meaningless.

Opposition has quickly risen against the government’s […]

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    The political economy of the Conservative Manifesto: a hallucinatory celebration of the state

The political economy of the Conservative Manifesto: a hallucinatory celebration of the state

The 2017 Conservative Manifesto opens with the statement that “now more than ever, Britain needs a clear plan”. In the spirit of due diligence, Abby Innes offers the first in a short series of articles on the political economy of the manifesto. Here she considers how the party’s strategy towards the state compares with reality.
“We need a state that […]

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    The politics of reason? Reassessing the ‘post-war consensus’ between Labour and the Conservatives

The politics of reason? Reassessing the ‘post-war consensus’ between Labour and the Conservatives

Was there really a post-war consensus in British politics? Dean Blackburn explains the nature of this convergence. He writes that although Labour and the Conservatives had different objectives, both preferred piecemeal to radical change, meaning that their disagreements were contained within a set of ideational parameters.

The post-war period continues to cast a long shadow over contemporary politics. Not only […]

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    The Conservatives’ 100k net migration aim is an act of self-harm

The Conservatives’ 100k net migration aim is an act of self-harm

The Conservative manifesto reaffirmed a commitment to cut net migration to less than 100,000 a year, while employers will have to pay a levy to hire a skilled worker from abroad. The target is arbitrary, costly and an act of economic self-harm, says Rachel Marangozov. It will worsen the recruitment crisis in the NHS at a time when the UK […]

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    Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: a curious complacency hovers over the General Election

Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: a curious complacency hovers over the General Election

Unlike during the 2015 campaigns, the state of the economy is not at the forefront of this general election. Neither is one of the UK’s biggest economic problems: productivity. Peter Kenway and Dan Corry write that solving this problem should be the primary goal of the institutions responsible for industrial strategy.

Debate about the state of the economy was centre-stage […]

Inside the ‘new NHS’: where are the citizens?

Where does accountability lie within the NHS? Bob Hudson writes that the current ways of the healthcare system make public scrutiny and citizen accountability opaque and increasingly incomprehensible to outsiders. He argues that engaging with citizens is key to giving the healthcare debate legitimacy.

The issue of citizen accountability in the NHS has been troublesome from the outset. Aneurin Bevan’s […]

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    Who should own our communities? The case for social and public ownership in the UK

Who should own our communities? The case for social and public ownership in the UK

Should people own their local environment? Robin Jervis presents the arguments around community ownership and control. He explains how this idea could help move democracy closer to the people and help counter the trend of privatisation in public services.

Who should be in charge of local amenities and services in the UK? The argument I put forward here is both […]

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