Fairness and Equality

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    Women on company boards: time for the government to adopt legislative quotas

Women on company boards: time for the government to adopt legislative quotas

The UK’s voluntary approach towards gender equality on company boards has so far yielded results that are neither encouraging nor satisfactory, writes Giovanni Razzu. He reviews the situation and explains why the government must reconsider its approach.

The European Institute of Gender Equality has recently released the update to the Gender Equality Index, which showed no progress in many areas […]

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    The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

The reluctant role model: why Britain (usually) obeys the European Court of Human Rights

Despite often complaining about the existence of the European Court of Human Rights, the UK has one of the strongest compliance records in the Court’s 47-country system. Zoë Jay explains how the UK’s conceptions of human rights protection shape its willingness to comply with the Court’s rulings.

To say the United Kingdom hasn’t always seen eye to eye with […]

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    The sexual harassment merry-go-round: what we know about Britain’s under-reported problem

The sexual harassment merry-go-round: what we know about Britain’s under-reported problem

In light of the resignation of Michael Fallon, and the various other allegations that have emerged about public figures, Jennifer Brown looks at the evidence and discusses why sexual harassment seems to be a perpetual feature of our culture.

Sir Michael Fallon was the first Parliamentarian to fall on his sword in the wake of the emerging sexual harassment scandal […]

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    On genetics and social mobility: why Toby Young’s structural inequality argument is not science

On genetics and social mobility: why Toby Young’s structural inequality argument is not science

Is intelligence determined by genetic factors? Questions such as this are regularly being debated, a recent example having been an article by Toby Young on what schools can be expected to achieve in light of scientific evidence on cognitive ability. Leon Feinstein explains what science actually says, and, most importantly, what it doesn’t say about heritability.

In October 2017 Teach […]

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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 […]