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    Campaigning online and offline: the significance of local and national contexts

Campaigning online and offline: the significance of local and national contexts

Paul Webb addresses the question of what members do for their parties during campaigns, and explains why there is value in considering the impact of national and local contexts. He writes that whereas the former enhances online participation by members, the latter considerably improves the model of offline participation.

When it comes to election campaigning, boots on the ground can […]

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    When people decide whether to write to their MP, does the MP’s gender matter?

When people decide whether to write to their MP, does the MP’s gender matter?

Alex Parsons and Rebecca Rumbul explain that although women are more likely than expected to write to female MPs, this does not mean that they are making that decision purely based on gender; rather it may be because certain topics that are more important to them are also ones that female MPs have developed an interest in.

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    Book Review: Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

Book Review: Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing

In Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing, John Boughton offers a compelling and grounded biography of council housing in England, enlivened by his deep familiarity with the developments he describes. While more convinced by the historical analysis than the more polemical aspects of the author’s arguments, John P. Houghton finds the book a worthy addition to understandings of […]

October 21st, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Fracking in the UK: how could a technologically advanced society choose to destroy itself?

Fracking in the UK: how could a technologically advanced society choose to destroy itself?

Theresa May recently proposed that £1billion of additional resources be directed to local communities and councils towards the development of hydraulic fracturing of shale gas (‘fracking’), despite the latter’s contribution to climate change. Daniel Nyberg and Christopher Wright explain how it is that the government supports such a policy.

Over the last couple of decades, fracking has emerged as a […]

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    How to deal with the toxic legacy of PFI in the NHS: options for policymakers

How to deal with the toxic legacy of PFI in the NHS: options for policymakers

The Private Finance Initiative has been used to build 127 hospitals and facilities but has also locked the NHS into decade-long contracts paying back debt at very high interest rates. Is there a way out? Vivek Kotecha analyses some of the options that are available to policymakers to address the problems caused by existing PFI schemes.

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    The transformation of British politics: was it really caused by the 2008 crisis?

The transformation of British politics: was it really caused by the 2008 crisis?

The vote to leave the EU, the rise of the SNP, the demise of the Liberal Democrats, and Labour’s turn to the left mean British politics looks very different now than it did in 2008. But these changes are not the product of the 2008 crash per se; rather they are the result of the intense politicisation of issues […]

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    The depths of the cuts: the uneven geography of local government austerity

The depths of the cuts: the uneven geography of local government austerity

Drawing on spatial analysis of local authority budgets, Mia Gray and Anna Barford highlight the uneven impacts of UK austerity. They argue that it has actively reshaped the relationship between central and local government, shrinking the capacity of the local state, increasing inequality between local governments, and exacerbating territorial injustice.

Contemporary austerity in Britain has become both a powerful political […]

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    Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Who won Britain’s culture wars? The urban left’s mixed success

Although often ridiculed in the 1980s, the left’s social policies were on the winning side when it came to gender, sexuality, and environmentalism, writes James Curran. However, the same cannot be said for their politics of race, and certainly not for their economic policies.

During the 1980s, the urban left was rendered toxic. It was reviled by the press, demonised […]