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    The Ford sewing machinists strike and the history of the struggle for equal pay

The Ford sewing machinists strike and the history of the struggle for equal pay

Kevin Wilson looks at the Ford sewing machinists’ strike of 1968 and the wider campaigns for equal pay since the nineteenth century, and highlights LSE’s rich collections in this area.

Fifty years ago – on 7 June 1968 – a landmark event in UK labour relations occurred, which directly contributed to the passing of the Equal Pay Act in 1970. […]

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    How to have a serious referendum on Brexit and avoid a rerun of the original

How to have a serious referendum on Brexit and avoid a rerun of the original

A number of things were wrong with the 2016 referendum, including the  disenfranchisement of key stakeholders and the extent of misinformation by both sides. Given that referendums should be informed exercises in democratic decision-making, Bruce Ackerman and Sir Julian Le Grand explain how a referendum on the deal should look like.

We are moving to a world where the decisions […]

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    How a tragedy changed the way we think about housing: Ten lessons from Grenfell

How a tragedy changed the way we think about housing: Ten lessons from Grenfell

Social landlords and the government have long neglected their existing housing stock in favour of new homes, leading to a deterioration of safety standards and a lack of accountability. In the case of Grenfell Tower, these conditions led to at least 72 deaths. A year on from the fire, and with problems in multi-storey blocks being uncovered all over […]

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    Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Integrating the next generation: how school composition affects inter-ethnic attitudes

Drawing on new research, Simon Burgess and Lucinda Platt argue that greater mixing of pupils from different ethnicities would be beneficial for social integration.

Social cohesion is high on the political agenda. Understanding how to foster social integration is central to the recently-published Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper and to the Mayor of London’s Social Integration Strategy. A particular interest […]

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    Section 28, three decades on: the legacy of a homophobic law through the LSE Library’s collections

Section 28, three decades on: the legacy of a homophobic law through the LSE Library’s collections

Kevin Wilson, Heather Dawson, and Gillian Murphy discuss the controversial Section 28 clause that banned the promotion of homosexuality by UK local authorities 30 years ago this month, and highlight the LSE’s rich collections on the issue.

24 May 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Local Government Act 1988, which became notorious for its inclusion of Section 28. The […]

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    Tony Travers on what to look out for in today’s local elections

Tony Travers on what to look out for in today’s local elections

Today, 3 May 2018, local elections are being held across England. Tony Travers assesses what is at stake for the main parties in this election, and what the key benchmarks for success will be in terms of local results and national equivalent vote share.

Local elections in many countries are used as a ‘real world’ test of public opinion in […]

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    Local elections give a voice to migrants – and this could be bad news for the Conservatives in London

Local elections give a voice to migrants – and this could be bad news for the Conservatives in London

About a quarter of the population in the median London ward was born in a Commonwealth or EU country. At the same time, there is a negative relationship between the share of these migrants in the population and levels of support for the Conservative party across London. Joachim Wehner explains the potential implications.

The Brexit referendum created deep uncertainty about the […]

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    The labour of care: why we need an alternative political economy of social care

The labour of care: why we need an alternative political economy of social care

Caring is often taken for granted as an activity. But what happens when a social emotion is monetised? Insa Koch explains what the consequences are for those dispensing and those in receipt of care at a time of austerity politics, and in a legal system where female carers have never had the same rights and protections as their male […]