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    The transformation of British politics: was it really caused by the 2008 crisis?

The transformation of British politics: was it really caused by the 2008 crisis?

The vote to leave the EU, the rise of the SNP, the demise of the Liberal Democrats, and Labour’s turn to the left mean British politics looks very different now than it did in 2008. But these changes are not the product of the 2008 crash per se; rather they are the result of the intense politicisation of issues […]

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    The depths of the cuts: the uneven geography of local government austerity

The depths of the cuts: the uneven geography of local government austerity

Drawing on spatial analysis of local authority budgets, Mia Gray and Anna Barford highlight the uneven impacts of UK austerity. They argue that it has actively reshaped the relationship between central and local government, shrinking the capacity of the local state, increasing inequality between local governments, and exacerbating territorial injustice.

Contemporary austerity in Britain has become both a powerful political […]

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    Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Although often ridiculed in the 1980s, the left’s social policies were on the winning side when it came to gender, sexuality, and environmentalism, writes James Curran. However, the same cannot be said for their politics of race, and certainly not for their economic policies.

During the 1980s, the urban left was rendered toxic. It was reviled by the press, demonised […]

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    Book Review: The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Book Review: The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

In The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy, Mariana Mazzucato explores the concept of value today, showing how value extraction is now more highly rewarded than value creation. This is a meticulous and insightful analysis of value in the economy that will help to reopen the debate into ‘the value of everything’, writes Wannaphong Durongkaveroj.
If you are interested in this book […]

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    The power of negative thinking: why perceptions of immigration are resistant to facts

The power of negative thinking: why perceptions of immigration are resistant to facts

Research shows consistently high levels of concern among people in the UK over the scale of immigration and its impact on jobs and services. Drawing on new research on how people use and understand information about the economic impacts of immigration, Heather Rolfe writes there is a tendency to rely on personal accounts rather than on economic statistics.

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    Are we witnessing a ‘deal dividend’ effect on the economy?

Are we witnessing a ‘deal dividend’ effect on the economy?

The latest GDP data for 2018 shows an annual growth of about 1.6%. This may be reflecting expectations of an impending Brexit deal which would greatly reduce policy uncertainty, write Costas Milas and Michael Ellington. But if this growth is indeed conditional on a deal, no deal will result in no dividend.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just […]

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    Do universities liberalise students? Why education should be taken seriously in political analysis

Do universities liberalise students? Why education should be taken seriously in political analysis

What are the connections between education and political behaviour? Paula Surridge explains why there may be something specific about the experience of higher education which produces more liberal values, regardless of the subject of study. She writes that a fruitful line of enquiry for political scientists will be to seek a deeper understanding of the connections between education and […]

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    The political consequences of antisemitism? The party preferences of Britain’s Jews

The political consequences of antisemitism? The party preferences of Britain’s Jews

What are the views of British Jews towards Labour and its leader, given the party’s continuous association with antisemitism, particularly in recent years? Andrew Barclay finds that, rather unsurprisingly, there is now homogeneity of Conservative support within this group of voters, all at Labour’s cost.

One of the more unexpected developments in British politics since 2015 has been the return […]