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    The spectre of automation? Three strategies to ensure automation works for the common good

The spectre of automation? Three strategies to ensure automation works for the common good

Could the consequences of automation lead to the growth of communism, as Mark Carney has warned? Mathew Lawrence writes that deep technological change opens up two divergent paths: one where technologies are managed and owned to our collective advancement against one where they deepen inequalities. He draws on IPPR research to outline three strategies that will ensure automation works for […]

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    Linda Yueh: History’s ‘greatest economists’ and how their ideas can help us today

Linda Yueh: History’s ‘greatest economists’ and how their ideas can help us today

How can the ideas of history’s greatest economists – from Adam Smith and David Ricardo through Joan Robinson and Milton Friedman to Douglass North and Robert Solow – help us think about the biggest economic challenges of our time? Linda Yueh’s new book seeks to answer this question through studying 12 economists whose thinking has changed the world. She […]

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    The myth of a post-racial society: white privilege is still being perpetuated in English schools

The myth of a post-racial society: white privilege is still being perpetuated in English schools

English schools still have a problem with racism, writes Kalwant Bhopal, and explains that, in spite of legislation aimed to address inequalities, schools have no legal obligation to record racist incidents. As a result, rhetoric of inclusive policy-making only serves to reinforce white privilege within the school space.

“Black boy tied to lamppost and whipped at school’s mock slave auction […]

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    Expanding opportunities at school level in England is a government priority in name only

Expanding opportunities at school level in England is a government priority in name only

Inequality and low levels of social mobility are pressing issues for England’s education system. Anne Beauvallet traces the actions of British governments to expand opportunities among pupils. She argues that while there has been continuity in the stated objectives of education secretaries since 2010, key projects have never actually been rolled out, while policy design has ignored the fact that changes […]

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    Book Review: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race

Book Review: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race

When was the last time you heard a person of colour challenge structural racism – the role of government policies, organisational practices and popular representations in reinforcing racial inequalities – and, in so doing, be widely supported, listened to and heeded? Racial inequalities are stark, yet normalised. White people are privileged yet complacent, and refuse to listen. In her […]

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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.

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    Capitalism will not give us the will to fight capitalism – what we need is a new International

Capitalism will not give us the will to fight capitalism – what we need is a new International

With the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, and with socialist parties around Europe fighting only for national attention, is there hope for an international left? Lea Ypi writes that, more than ever, the world has to be made by those sceptical of capitalism. She makes the case for rebuilding international solidarity.

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    Can mandatory gender pay gap reporting deliver true opportunity for women?

Can mandatory gender pay gap reporting deliver true opportunity for women?

From April 2018, the UK will be one of the first countries in the world to implement mandatory gender pay gap reporting for companies with 250 or more employees. Louise Dalingwater assesses the policy, which was first announced by the Coalition in 2010, and highlights the reasons why it may not address gender inequalities effectively. 

In 2014, a highly critical report commissioned […]