Fairness and Equality

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    How longitudinal analysis helps us understand why the younger generation’s living standards are faltering

How longitudinal analysis helps us understand why the younger generation’s living standards are faltering

Younger generations are currently experiencing work uncertainty, slower pay progression, and are finding it more difficult to own a house compared to their predecessors. Lord David Willetts explains how longitudinal analysis helps us expand our understanding of intergenerational differences and where policy to address these might focus. 

When I wrote The Pinch seven years ago it was the first book […]

Does protest really work in cosy democracies?

Does protest work? And is it more effective when it takes places in countries ruled by repressive regimes or those with democratically elected governments? Steve Crawshaw writes that if we think nothing will change, as people often do in democracies, that lack of belief becomes self-fulfilling.

For much of my life – first as a journalist, and then as a […]

Is the national living wage improving living standards?

Although the national living wage has led to a significant pay boost for Britain’s least well-off workers, significant challenges remain, writes George Bangham. He argues that the quality of work is still an issue and that the government must find ways to work with businesses so as to ensure people don’t keep getting trapped at the very lowest end […]

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    Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

Your tenants are gay, get over it!: How housing services discriminate against LGBT+ users

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users? In a socially progressive society like the UK, the presumption is that probably they are. However, Peter Matthews and Chris Poyner’s research suggests some very basic steps are still required to deliver equality.

In 2017 gay men and LGBT+* allies in the UK are celebrating 50 years since sex between two […]

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    Racial discrimination in UK housing has a long history and deep roots

Racial discrimination in UK housing has a long history and deep roots

Following the publication of the government’s racial disparity audit, Kevin Gulliver gives an overview of such disparities in housing. Drawing on several studies on the matter, he explains the causes and suggests some of the solutions.

The Government’s racial disparity audit, built on data from a range of fields of inquiry, underscores the endurance of racial discrimination and disadvantage in […]

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    Law and order in the ’90s: why Blair and Schröder implemented very different policies

Law and order in the ’90s: why Blair and Schröder implemented very different policies

Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder were both elected in the late 1990s. But whereas Blair’s government toughened law and order policies in the UK, the German Social Democrats did not follow suit. Georg Wenzelburger writes that the ministers involved, as well as the balance of power within each government go some way in explaining why.

It may seem unthinkable today, […]

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    Quantifying antisemitic attitudes in Britain: the ‘elastic’ view of antisemitism

Quantifying antisemitic attitudes in Britain: the ‘elastic’ view of antisemitism

Looking at attitudes towards Jews in Britain, Daniel Staetsky introduces the concept of the ‘elastic view’ of antisemitism. He argues that antisemitism exists at different levels of intensity, and therefore no single measure or figure can ever capture the level in which it exists in society. He explains how the figures need to be understood.

Surveys of attitudes towards Jews […]

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    Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Politics as usual?: Rising violence against female politicians threatens democracy itself

Violence against female politicians – and the threat of it – is becoming much more common, and not only in Britain. Mona Lena Krook looks at how social media has opened up new channels for harassment, what distinguishes misogynistic attacks, and how other countries are responding to them. Ignoring or playing down the problem is not an option: it represents a […]