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    Britain’s social (in)security system: welfare conditionality and its impact on social citizenship

Britain’s social (in)security system: welfare conditionality and its impact on social citizenship

There is a stark disconnect between social citizenship as narrated from above, and social citizenship as it is lived from below, writes Ruth Patrick. She explains why we need to rethink how citizenship is experienced by those at the sharp end of the rapid escalation of welfare conditionality.

In today’s Britain, the idea of a welfare state and social security […]

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    How effective is online communication between the elected and their electors?

How effective is online communication between the elected and their electors?

In its early days, some considered the internet to be the silver bullet that could deal with the deficits of representative democracy. Others had been less optimistic vis-à-vis its potential to foster democracy. Hartwig Pautz looks at whether the e-democracy tool WriteToThem allows for meaningful communication between citizens and their elected representatives.

Since its creation, the internet has been […]

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    Ending shareholder monopoly: why workers’ votes promote good corporate governance

Ending shareholder monopoly: why workers’ votes promote good corporate governance

A consensus is emerging that votes at work promote good corporate governance, argues Ewan McGaughey. Here he outlines behavioural, qualitative and quantitative evidence, and explains that votes at work in Britain have among the longest, richest histories in the world.

The UK is about to stop shareholders monopolising votes for company boards, with worker voice. Currently, asset managers control most […]

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    How the youth of Britain’s Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller communities fight the injustices they face

How the youth of Britain’s Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller communities fight the injustices they face

The youth of the Roma, Gypsy, and Traveller communities are committed to fighting the injustices they face, writes Colin Clark. He argues that this form of activism may finally end the racism and stigma against them.

A recent article by Cassie Marie McDonagh in The Guardian reflected on her negative and discriminatory experiences of the state education system as an […]

  • Permalink Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron discusses the Budget on the eve of the Budget with George Osborne (L) Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Theresa May Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women and Kenneth Clarke (Far Right) Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Tuesday March 23, 2010Gallery

    How the Conservatives’ austerity rhetoric won them GE2015, and almost cost them GE2017

How the Conservatives’ austerity rhetoric won them GE2015, and almost cost them GE2017

Paul Whiteley, Harold D. Clarke, and Marianne Stewart explain why austerity is no longer an election winner – neither economically nor politically. They argue that David Cameron’s government reaped political rewards through its austerity rhetoric, but the strategy backfired in the next election, when many voters believed a Conservative government would impose more hardship on them.

In our book on the 2015 general election we […]

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    How to start dismantling white privilege in higher education

How to start dismantling white privilege in higher education

Racism is still alive and well in US and UK academia, writes Kalwant Bhopal. She argues that to dismantle it, there is a need for radical action from universities, which must start by acknowledging the existence of institutional racism and white privilege. 

Despite many claims to the contrary, racism is alive and well and robustly shaping the educational experiences of […]

Autumn 2017 Budget: a predictable one for business taxes

Following her pre-Budget article on what the Chancellor might have been looking to include in his speech, Judith Knott now looks at the announcements as they pertain to business taxes and explains their significance.

When a Chancellor’s room for manoeuvre in the Budget is highly constrained, what emerges tends towards the predictable. The Autumn 2017 Budget is a case in […]

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    Will Richard Leonard’s election mark a definitive turning point for Scottish Labour?

Will Richard Leonard’s election mark a definitive turning point for Scottish Labour?

Following the election of a new Scottish Labour leader, Sean Swan explains why the position was created in the first place in 2011, its course so far, and what the party may aspire to achieve under Richard Leonard.

An unedifying contest for the leadership of Scottish Labour concluded on Saturday 18 November. The contest was between Richard Leonard, who only […]