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    Many are mistaken about how much they personally stand to lose when trade is restricted

Many are mistaken about how much they personally stand to lose when trade is restricted

Both Theresa May and Donald Trump have adopted a narrative towards trade that departs from current arrangements. This narrative, promising unspecified economic gains at an unspecified time in the future, ignores the fact that trade restrictions will reduce policy options to protect jobs, resulting in greater domestic inequalities, writes Sarah Goff.

President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on imported steel […]

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    Giving everyone some money, from birth to death: defining a Citizen’s Basic Income

Giving everyone some money, from birth to death: defining a Citizen’s Basic Income

Discussion of a Citizen’s Basic Income – an unconditional, nonwithdrawable income for every individual – is now a mainstream global social policy debate. But how would it work? Malcolm Torry explains the elements that make up this idea and underlines the importance of agreeing on a shared definition to be used by all involved in the debate.

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    Should the law facilitate the removal of the children of terrorists and extremists from their care?

Should the law facilitate the removal of the children of terrorists and extremists from their care?

In light of the recent debate in the media about whether the children of those convicted of terrorist offences should be removed from their care, Fatima Ahdash draws on case law to explain why this is both a difficult and dangerous issue for family courts.

Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and head of Counter-Terrorism policing recently called […]

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    William Beveridge’s sixth giant: environmental sustainability

William Beveridge’s sixth giant: environmental sustainability

Today, William Beveridge would worry about the environment, writes Sam Fankhauser. He reflects on the LSE’s Beveridge Festival and explains why environmental sustainability needs to be prioritised with the determination, leadership, and strong government commitment that Beveridge envisaged in 1942 – only this time at a global scale.

Squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease. These are the five “giant evils” […]

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    Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: our government might not organise a party, but the rest of us should

Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: our government might not organise a party, but the rest of us should

The worldview that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights promotes is the polar opposite of the one actually gaining traction today, writes Francesca Klug. She argues that the Declaration was written for a precise moment like now, when lessons learnt from genocide and war are replaced by national pride and international indifference.

When the state chooses to remember some significant […]

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    How socio-economic circumstances in childhood can influence your midlife health

How socio-economic circumstances in childhood can influence your midlife health

Yajing Zhu presents the results of a life-course study, tracing 17,000 individuals from birth and over the course of 50 years. She identifies four socio-economic circumstances that affected them as children and how they continued influencing them as adults. The study shows that financial difficulty and material hardship have a persistent impact on poorer health in mid age.

How do early circumstances influence […]

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    Oxfam crisis: we need a more informed debate about NGOs and international aid

Oxfam crisis: we need a more informed debate about NGOs and international aid

Few would say that the alleged behaviour of aid workers in the Oxfam sexual exploitation scandal is acceptable. But the nature of the criticism that has followed these revelations, including government threats to cut Oxfam’s funding, is driven more by politics than genuine understanding of the sector, explains David Lewis.

Evidence of sexual misconduct by staff within Oxfam rightly […]

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    The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

The European Parliament is more representative of European citizens than we give it credit for

Does the European Parliament adequately represent the views of European citizens? Drawing on a recent study, Miriam Sorace finds that it is far more representative of voters’ views than commonly thought. It is the lack of information about European election campaigns, as well as a tendency for voters to cast protest votes that can lead to less effective representation.

Critiques […]