Fairness and Equality

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    Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

Unequal beginnings: more must be done to give the UK’s most vulnerable children a fairer start in life

The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, has pledged a ‘relentless focus on improving life chances’. But a new UNICEF Report Card comparing child well-being outcomes across rich countries shows the UK could do better for its most disadvantaged children. The Report Card’s authors, John Hudson and Stefan Kühner, explore the UK’s record and ask […]

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    Success isn’t just about money: rethinking social mobility

Success isn’t just about money: rethinking social mobility

The current conflation of success with money prevents us from understanding, and therefore addressing, social mobility problems, writes Graeme Atherton. What we need to do is adopt a more holistic definition of success, one that includes progression in well-being across a range of areas, as opposed to one that measures it solely on salary and occupation changes.

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    Religion is irrelevant to how likely MPs are to represent minority groups’ interests

Religion is irrelevant to how likely MPs are to represent minority groups’ interests

Are minority issues more likely to be raised by MPs from a religious minority background? Through analysing over 5,000 Early Day Motions, Ekaterina Kolpinskaya looks at whether there is indeed a correlation. She finds that institutional considerations make a politician’s religion largely irrelevant; instead, factors such as their seniority and the composition of their constituency are much more likely […]

LGBT rights in Northern Ireland: a war by other means

Despite lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights being at the centre of policy agendas, the way those rights are being viewed in post-conflict societies remains under-researched. In starting to address this gap, Bernadette C. Hayes and John Nagle look at the case of Northern Ireland. They find that nationalist parties support those rights as part of their broader agenda […]

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    Gender quotas do not pose a threat to “merit” at any stage of the political process

Gender quotas do not pose a threat to “merit” at any stage of the political process

The Labour Party has long utilised All-Women candidate shortlists in an aim to ensure that female representation in the House of Commons increases. This has always been controversial, however it has been responsible for a noted increase in the number of female MPs in general and female Labour MPs in particular. Here, Mary Nugent and Mona Lena Krook dispel some […]

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    Achieving equality in a time of ‘everyday sexism’: the case for mandatory quotas

Achieving equality in a time of ‘everyday sexism’: the case for mandatory quotas

Despite major changes in gender representation, the UK continues to exhibit large disparities in power and representation between men and women. Here, Nicola Lacey shares findings from the final report of the LSE’s Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power, and recommends that quotas – particularly when it comes to political representation – are necessary for meaningful progress. 

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    Modern slavery? The UK visa system and the exploitation of migrant domestic workers

Modern slavery? The UK visa system and the exploitation of migrant domestic workers

It might be hard to believe that a domestic worker – or anyone – is currently forced to sleep on a bathroom floor or is locked up in a house. Yet such experiences are very real for those who come to the UK on an overseas domestic worker visa, writes Virginia Mantouvalou. She explains how the current system – […]

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    White academia: will the Race Equality Charter make a difference?

White academia: will the Race Equality Charter make a difference?

There are some hard numbers behind diversity in academia. There are currently only 70 black professors in the UK; of these, only 17 of are female. As part of ongoing efforts to address these disappointing numbers, the Race Equality Charter mark was recently introduced by the Equality Challenge Unit. But will it make academia more diverse? Kalwant Bhopal explains how the process […]

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