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    The Ford sewing machinists strike and the history of the struggle for equal pay

The Ford sewing machinists strike and the history of the struggle for equal pay

Kevin Wilson looks at the Ford sewing machinists’ strike of 1968 and the wider campaigns for equal pay since the nineteenth century, and highlights LSE’s rich collections in this area.

Fifty years ago – on 7 June 1968 – a landmark event in UK labour relations occurred, which directly contributed to the passing of the Equal Pay Act in 1970. […]

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    A social policy on ageing: to reduce the costs of old age, we must improve the entire life course

A social policy on ageing: to reduce the costs of old age, we must improve the entire life course

Far from being predetermined, the course ageing takes is subject to a variety of influences throughout one’s life. This is something that policymakers have so far failed to appreciate, argues Alan Walker. He makes the case for a new strategy which focuses on the whole life course, with the intention of preventing many of the chronic conditions associated with […]

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    How the government can use quotas to build a sustainable future for UK fishing

How the government can use quotas to build a sustainable future for UK fishing

As the government attempts to determine a vision for national, ‘world leading’ fisheries after Brexit, the big challenge is about the use of quota, writes Erin Priddle. She outlines three basic principles that can be used to frame a fishing future with well-balanced goals for jobs, seafood supply, and the marine environment.

As the media, environmentalists, and industry examine UK […]

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    How a tragedy changed the way we think about housing: Ten lessons from Grenfell

How a tragedy changed the way we think about housing: Ten lessons from Grenfell

Social landlords and the government have long neglected their existing housing stock in favour of new homes, leading to a deterioration of safety standards and a lack of accountability. In the case of Grenfell Tower, these conditions led to at least 72 deaths. A year on from the fire, and with problems in multi-storey blocks being uncovered all over […]

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    Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Drawing on new research, Simon Burgess and Lucinda Platt argue that greater mixing of pupils from different ethnicities would be beneficial for social integration.

Social cohesion is high on the political agenda. Understanding how to foster social integration is central to the recently-published Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper and to the Mayor of London’s Social Integration Strategy. A particular interest […]

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    Is government fit for purpose? Not with the current structure of departmental boards.

Is government fit for purpose? Not with the current structure of departmental boards.

Failures in government policy creation and delivery are often blamed on civil servants. However, the real culprit is self-inflicted governance inadequacy, writes Andrew Kakabadse. He draws on his recent report to explain how the value of departmental boards is downrated because of the poor chairmanship of the Secretary of State.

 The Kakabadse report ‘Is Government Fit for Purpose’ surfaced the […]

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    The problem of marginality in public debates: evidence from The Guardian’s Charlie Hebdo coverage

The problem of marginality in public debates: evidence from The Guardian’s Charlie Hebdo coverage

Who gets to have a voice in the public debate? Using The Guardian’s coverage of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack, Andrea Felicetti and Pietro Castelli Gattinara find that women and religious groups, in particular Muslims, had limited visibility; while actors challenging the dominant securitisation narrative were similarly neglected. They conclude that greater attention must be paid to this problem […]

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    Have we overestimated the relationship between income and financial well-being?

Have we overestimated the relationship between income and financial well-being?

Using data from the Understanding Society survey, Kirby Swales explains that the relationship between income and financial well-being is more complex than often assumed, and so a broader view of living standards could give greater insights into how best to help people react to changes in the economy.

It is well known that Britain has faced the longest period of […]