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    Brexiteers hope to rebalance the economy towards exports, but this risks proving a naïve myth

Brexiteers hope to rebalance the economy towards exports, but this risks proving a naïve myth

Nine months after the vote, the UK has triggered Article 50. Michael Ellington and Costas Milas explain why we should expect persistent exchange rate volatility and higher borrowing costs once the formal notification is sent to the EU. In this uncertain environment, the likelihood of rebalancing the economy towards export-oriented sectors may prove to be another pro-Brexit myth.

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    The key to a more integrated society: understanding the impact and limits of social mixing

The key to a more integrated society: understanding the impact and limits of social mixing

Is contact with other ethnic groups itself enough to foster integration? James Laurence explores the attitudes of those who have had such contact in their neighbourhood and workplace. He explains that, although mostly positive, social mixing can also be negative for some, leading to more polarisation. But the negative impact is much weaker in workplaces than in neighbourhoods. He argues […]

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    How policy framing shaped UK strategy on transnational bribery

How policy framing shaped UK strategy on transnational bribery

Recent changes suggest that the UK is strengthening the enforcement of its anti-bribery laws. But how did the policy develop? Ellen Gutterman explains that the policy was framed around four key contexts over the past two decades, each of which affected its scope. She argues that the fourth context – terrorism – even though expedient, did not necessarily ensure […]

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    Solidarity that cuts across racial and gender lines: reflections upon the Grunwick strike

Solidarity that cuts across racial and gender lines: reflections upon the Grunwick strike

Looking back at the Grunwick strike of 1976-78, Wayne Medford explains how ideas of solidarity and common good brought together a diverse group of people to support the rights of the striking workers, the majority of them immigrants. Forty years on and a time when intolerance is rising, the memories of Grunwick are vital.

I attended an anti-racism conference in […]

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    Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support, and what to do about it

Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support, and what to do about it

Mainstream parties need to begin addressing conservative whites’ anxieties about the demographic growth of Islam, or populists will continue to thrive, writes Eric Kaufmann. He explains that this demands a sustained programme to improve demographic literacy.

Geert Wilders may not have come first in the Dutch election, but he came second and forced his opponent, Mark Rutte, to tack closer […]

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    Brexit alone will not decide a second Scottish referendum – but its perceived economic impact may

Brexit alone will not decide a second Scottish referendum – but its perceived economic impact may

The Brexit vote has not shifted overall opinion on the question of Scottish independence in Scotland. Jan Eichhorn explains why this is the case and writes that, if supporters or opponents of Scottish independence want to use Brexit to their advantage, their best chance is to establish a narrative about its impact on the economy.

In the EU referendum, 62 […]

Prison doesn’t work: why don’t we care?

Several high-profile incidents have highlighted endemic problems facing the UK prison system. Helen Brown Coverdale argues that recognising the role of caring in safe, effective and humane penal regimes is essential to meet the needs of offenders, victims and society.

The prison system in England and Wales is in crisis. Officer grade staff numbers have decreased as the prison population […]

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    Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid: why Ofcom should review the deal

Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid: why Ofcom should review the deal

In December 2016, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox reached an agreement in principle to buy satellite broadcaster Sky. After Fox formally notified the European Commission of its bid on 3 March, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Karen Bradley has said that she is ‘minded to’ refer the deal to Ofcom on the grounds of media plurality and commitment to broadcasting standards. Sally […]

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