Fairness and Equality

Can homelessness happen to anyone? Don’t believe the hype

Is homelessness such a fairly random event that it could happen to anyone, as it is often claimed? Suzanne Fitzpatrick explains why this is not a valid claim, and that repeating it could distract us from focusing on causes that may be identifiable, and possibly preventable.

In a laudable attempt to avoid the ‘othering’ of those suffering acute forms of […]

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    How the government has prioritised administrative convenience over child support

How the government has prioritised administrative convenience over child support

The Child Maintenance Service exists to calculate and ensure payment for those who struggle to receive child support. But despite extensive reforms, the service still allows many parents to pay a fraction of what they can afford, writes Sumi Rabindrakumar. Rather than tackle the system’s long-standing loopholes, policymakers have preferred a system that is cheap and simple to deliver […]

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    The Moral Guardians? DUP and Sinn Fein supporters’ attitudes to gay and abortion rights

The Moral Guardians? DUP and Sinn Fein supporters’ attitudes to gay and abortion rights

The DUP’s illiberal views are at the centre of attention. But what about the strategies that underpin political agendas in Northern Ireland? Bernadette C. Hayes and John Nagle examine the attitudes of DUP and Sinn Fein supporters towards same-sex marriage and abortion. They find that the two groups tend to diverge over issues that are subject to ethnonational contestation […]

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    Beyond static snapshots: a new approach to understanding gender’s role in voter perceptions

Beyond static snapshots: a new approach to understanding gender’s role in voter perceptions

To fully understand gender’s role in voter perceptions, we must address a key limitation of previous experimental methodologies, writes Jessica Smith. She explains that studies tend to look at voter perceptions either at the beginning or the end of a race, overlooking a voter’s decision-making process in between. She explains how we can move beyond such static snapshots.

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    Women and the 2017 Parliament: scratching, rather than smashing the glass ceiling

Women and the 2017 Parliament: scratching, rather than smashing the glass ceiling

With a record high number of women elected to Parliament, was the 2017 general election something to celebrate? Sarah Childs, Meryl Kenny, and Jessica Smith re-assess the recent result and consider what it means for women’s political representation.

‘Record-breaking’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘historic’ – these were the headlines after the UK’s 2017 General Election. Some of the articles attached to these celebratory […]

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    Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

Inaccurate, exploitative, and very popular: the problem with ‘Poverty Porn’

With politicians, media, and much of public opinion already framing welfare as a problem, what is the impact of television shows that claim to ‘expose’ the daily lives of claimants? Ruth Patrick draws on her latest book to explain the mismatch between such portrayals and claimants’ realities. She writes that while some of Britain’s poorest are being exploited for […]

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    Interview with Ruth Hunt: LGBT rights in Britain – culture, education, and religion

Interview with Ruth Hunt: LGBT rights in Britain – culture, education, and religion

Since formed in the late ’80s, Stonewall has been at the forefront of social and legislative progress for LGBT equality. Ahead of her LSE lecture, Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive, sat down with Hayley Reed and Artemis Photiadou to discuss the charity’s work, the importance of education, the role of faith communities, as well as some of the challenges that […]

Do women and men support women’s representation equally?

With the prospect of the first female President of the USA now fading from view, the question of women’s political representation remains prescient. But do women and men feel the same way about women in formal political office? Peter Allen and David Cutts explore that question here.

Recent decades have seen a growing consensus emerge among mainstream political parties on […]