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Who is helped by Help to Buy?

What’s not to like about a policy which can expand home ownership and boost the supply of housing? Geoff Meeks and J.Gay Meeks recount some of the doubts about the efficacy of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. They present new evidence on some of its regressive distributional consequences, and touch on the opportunity cost of the subsidy programme.

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The constitutional implications of a second EU referendum

Andrew Blick outlines some of the constitutional issues to which the question of a second EU referendum gives rise. He writes that unless these matters are given serious consideration in advance of such a decision, the repetition of the exercise is unlikely to improve matters and might even aggravate them.

The idea of a second EU referendum of some kind, […]

Truth-tellers: creating Britain’s anti-austerity campaign

The UK austerity programme promoted since the financial crisis energised a dynamic assemblage of political forces, aspiring to create a space of oppositional political identification. Sophia Hatzisavvidou writes that, although this anti-austerity campaign failed to rally voters in the last two general elections, we shouldn’t dismiss its impact on the country’s political life.

Although the global financial meltdown of […]

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    Just how special are Special Advisers within the UK Civil Service?

Just how special are Special Advisers within the UK Civil Service?

Using the most recent government data, Sir Richard Mottram discusses what we know about special advisers, and specifically what we know about their pay. He argues that more light needs to be shed both on the system and the government’s narrative about it. 

As the Prime Minister shuffled her Ministerial pack in January 2018, it was not only her Ministers […]

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    Smart councils: the evolution of technology in local government

Smart councils: the evolution of technology in local government

Is local government making sufficient use of technology, and is it using it well? Uthayasankar Sivarajah and Zahir Irani review the implementation of various technologies by local councils, and explain their rewards and risks.

Austerity continues to form the backdrop of UK local government. If this was not enough, councils are also trying to cope with digital disruption, having to […]

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    Can mandatory gender pay gap reporting deliver true opportunity for women?

Can mandatory gender pay gap reporting deliver true opportunity for women?

From April 2018, the UK will be one of the first countries in the world to implement mandatory gender pay gap reporting for companies with 250 or more employees. Louise Dalingwater assesses the policy, which was first announced by the Coalition in 2010, and highlights the reasons why it may not address gender inequalities effectively. 

In 2014, a highly critical report commissioned […]

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    Book Review: Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart

Book Review: Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart

In Building Better Societies: Promoting Social Justice in a World Falling Apart, editors Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow make a compelling moral case for the social sciences to challenge the prevailing neoliberal climate based around profit-making and individualism. The book’s central message — that the notion of the social needs to be reclaimed and restored for a better society — makes this […]

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    Labour market institutions still matter for workforce equality in the knowledge economy

Labour market institutions still matter for workforce equality in the knowledge economy

Many observers have assumed that the transition to the knowledge economy has weakened the ability of labour market institutions to combat inequality. David Hope and Angelo Martelli illustrate that labour market institutions still retain the capacity to shelter workers from structural changes in the economy, including the continued shift of workers into high-value added service sectors.

The last forty years have seen a […]