The success of several new parties with a broadly nationalist agenda has prompted some authors to speak of the rise of a ‘new nationalism’ in European politics. But what what does that mean? Daphne Halikiopoulou argues that while the rhetoric of these parties is indeed centred on nationalism, the drivers of support are neither new nor necessarily nationalism-related. What […]
When ‘more for less’ becomes ‘less for less’: the implications of central decision-making for the delivery of frontline services
With his unique perspective on the public sector, the Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir Amyas Morse, explains some of the elements of financial management and planning that determine success in major reform programmes. He uses examples from local government, adult social care, and NHS reforms to conclude that, too often, ‘efficiency’ improvements have shaded over into unplanned grass roots […]
Danielle Cudby considers some of the challenges that Brexit poses on local government and how they could be successfully handled. She argues that despite the risks and the uncertainty, Brexit can provide a platform for local councils to advocate for greater powers and better funding deals.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU has had a momentous impact on the […]
Democracy has failed to protect society from the predatory behaviour of global financial markets, writes Ann Pettifor. Drawing on her new book, she explains why the monetary system has made society vulnerable, and how it needs to be transformed.
Ten years after the catastrophic failure of both the global banking system and the global economy, economic disorder is once again […]
When it comes to a non-governmental organisation’s trustworthiness, there is an unexplored assumption in the literature that the implementation of accountability measures will increase trust. Vincent Charles Keating and Erla Thrandardottir explain why this ‘accountability solution’ may not in itself increase trust, and that it could actually harm it.
The past two decades have seen a steady increase in the […]
Baby Boomers – those who are currently between 50 and 70 years old – are often blamed by younger generations for many issues, from those associated with pensions and healthcare, to the unaffordability of housing, and even the vote to leave the EU. Jennie Bristow outlines the discourse and explains its implications.
Amidst the raw outrage that followed the EU […]
Research on the relationship between sexual orientation and labour market earning has relied either on surveys with small samples of sexual minorities, or has used large samples of same-sex couples, often with sample discrepancies. Drawing on a large individual-level dataset, Cevat Giray Aksoy, Christopher S. Carpenter and Jefferson Frank find that in the UK gay men earn less than straight […]
The EU brought invaluable networks for research and collaboration to the UK. More than that, it fostered a shared democratic culture of openness and tolerance. But these links will have to change as Britain pursues a hard Brexit. Time is short, write Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon, and universities need to make the case for an ‘Intelligent Brexit’ that […]