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 […]

Welfare cuts – how framing influences support

Talking about economic reform, Jean-Claude Juncker once remarked: “We all know what to do, we just don’t know how to get re-elected after we’ve done it”. That politicians get punished for welfare cutbacks used to be a truism in politics and academia. A couple of years later, we are not so sure anymore. Here, Paul Marx and Gijs Schumacher outline how important framing […]

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    You don’t have to close public libraries to kill the principle upon which they were built

You don’t have to close public libraries to kill the principle upon which they were built

Ian Anstice examines how local library services across the UK have been affected by cuts. Although less than 10 per cent have been axed since 2010, the services and provision offered have been drastically reduced and reshaped in a number of ways. As with other public institutions, such cuts, tacitly supported by the Coalition and Conservative Governments, have undermined the very […]

Urban schools: funding matters and cuts will have consequences for academic achievement

It might seem self-evident that a school’s resources influence its pupils’ educational outcomes, yet so many studies have found little association between greater funding and improved academic achievement. Steve Gibbons and colleagues examine whether money makes a difference in the context of urban primary schools in England. The question of whether there is a link between school resources and pupil […]

A curious IMF report, lost lessons of history and Scotland’s vision for self-determination: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

How would Britain vote in a referendum on the EU? Peter Kellner at YouGov unpacks the latest polling and notes the inconsistencies in the numbers.

Stephanie Flanders mulls over this week’s ‘curious’ IMF report on the UK, suggesting that the message was essentially one of: ‘great policies – shame about the economy’.

Jonathan Portes at Not the Treasury View notes the fallacy of celebrating […]

With the budget on the horizon, the government should take the opportunity to create a fairer and more equal tax system for pensioners

The British government is rightly committed to raising the tax allowance argues Tim Leunig. However, more could be done to ensure that affluent pensioners are not unfairly benefitting from the tax free lump sum and the national insurance exemption options. Given that the tax allowance is going up, the government should revisit the additional tax allowance given to pensioners. This […]

Book Review: Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times, by John D. Donahue and Richard J. Zeckhauser

Collaborative partnerships between the public and private sectors are essential if the global economy is to stay afloat, argue John Donahue and Richard Zeckhauser in this new book on how to achieve public goals more effectively. Bringing their important lessons to life through a variety of interesting case studies, Sasha Jesperson finds that the authors provide a must-read for anyone involved in the future of public […]

Hester gives up his bonus, Goodwin loses his knighthood, and Huhne loses his job: political blog round up 28 January – 3 February

Danielle Moran, Joel Suss, Cheryl Brumley and Julian Kircherr round up the week in political blogging.

The parties

The Tory Diary charts the Prime Minister’s remarkable string of good luck but The Green Benches list Cameron’s seven years of broken promises. The FT’s Westminster Blog shows how a legal aid bill may heat up the House of Lords.

Liberal Conspiracy explores public opinion […]