Public Services and the Welfare State

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    The politics of health: taking the long view on the state of the NHS

The politics of health: taking the long view on the state of the NHS

The NHS never seems to be out of the news. Currently, the sense of a crumbling, deteriorating system is almost palpable, whether it is broken budgets, hospitals in special measures, staffing issues, low morale, or lengthening waiting times. Here, David Hunter argues that we must acknowledge that the real debate is political, not technical, revolving around the erosion of the public […]

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    Class-based punishment? How legislation to evict social tenants involved in riots is unjust

Class-based punishment? How legislation to evict social tenants involved in riots is unjust

 Part of the ‘fightback’ by the Coalition Government against the 2011 riots was to take tough action on sections of Britain’s society that were supposedly ‘without control’. Gareth Young outlines the effects of unjust amendments to a Department for Communities and Local Government paper that suggested social housing providers can take possession of a property where a tenant is […]

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    Crime and punishment in Post-War Britain: “Mob rule” as democratic corrective?

Crime and punishment in Post-War Britain: “Mob rule” as democratic corrective?

Conventional wisdom amongst scholars, as well as much of the public, sees crime as an attractive and easy political issue for politicians seeking to expand their popularity. Regardless of whether crime is on the rise, mass publics are believed to be poor risk assessors, predisposed to react to perceived criminal behaviour with support for singularly punitive policies.  However, drawing […]

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    A dual process: New Labour, politicisation, and depoliticisation

A dual process: New Labour, politicisation, and depoliticisation

Issues such as the UK’s low health spending often bring about discussions as to whether depoliticisation could be the solution. Yet delegating decision-making to non-experts is not a new concept in British politics, raising the question whether its realisation has failed. Looking at New Labour’s reform of public services, Patrick Diamond explains that assessing depoliticisation requires an understanding of […]

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    A mimicry of the public school: grammar schools never went away, but they should have

A mimicry of the public school: grammar schools never went away, but they should have

The creation of the Annexe to the Grammar School in Sevenoaks in Kent is part of an unfolding privatisation of educational provision. Indeed, grammar schools have never gone away. In particular, Helen M Gunter and Steven Courtney argue that what remains potent, and extends beyond the actual type of provision, is the idea of the grammar school. The mimicry […]

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    Greater public investment is needed to fund the NHS at a level considered normal in other high income countries

Greater public investment is needed to fund the NHS at a level considered normal in other high income countries

In light of the junior doctors’ strike, Philipa Mladovsky, Martin McKee, David Ingleby and Bernd Rechel compare health care spending in the UK to that in other high-income countries. They write that the UK spends the least on health care, while it does not spend much on social care either. Yet they argue that greater public investment is not […]

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    Junior doctors on strike: being a doctor shouldn’t be such a battle

Junior doctors on strike: being a doctor shouldn’t be such a battle

For the last 9 years Clare Gerada has been the medical director of an NHS service providing confidential help to doctors and dentists with mental health problems. Here she outlines how she has seen a rising number of doctors week on week, including more and more junior colleagues. For this reason she argues that striking doctors are not ‘unpatriotic militants’, and should […]

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    Strategies for survival, not anti-social behaviour: challenging perceptions of the homeless

Strategies for survival, not anti-social behaviour: challenging perceptions of the homeless

For the thousands of people who are sleeping on the streets or are in temporary accommodation, winter is one of the hardest times of the year. Being able to provide relief during this period depends, at least in part, on understanding how many people are affected by homelessness – and who they are. Unfortunately, that’s not straightforward. Adele Irving […]

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