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    ‘Divercities’: place-focused public policy and its impact on perceptions of diversity

‘Divercities’: place-focused public policy and its impact on perceptions of diversity

What does diversity actually mean to citizens in different places, and how are these views influenced by policy choices? Mike Raco focuses on the importance of place in diversity politics and explains why public policy should focus far more on the creation of effective communities.

There is a growing sense of urgency to public policy discussions over diversity and migration […]

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    Country, city, town: how different types of community influence English and British identities

Country, city, town: how different types of community influence English and British identities

Does the place we live in shape our national identity? John Denham presents data on how identities vary across six different types of community. He demonstrates that although in almost all areas the largest single identity is ‘equally English and British’, the gap between the ‘more English’ and the ‘more British’ varies across communities of different size.

For many of […]

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    Beware the new justifications for the green belt: what we need is a new approach

Beware the new justifications for the green belt: what we need is a new approach

Alan Mace looks at the justifications in the Draft London Plan for refusing to rethink the green belt. He writes that some of these justifications in the plan reflect a long history of overpromising on what delivers.

Despite the housing crisis in London, the Draft London Plan (DLP) rules out any rethinking of green belt policy, now some eighty years […]

The UK areas that will be hit most (and least) by Brexit

The LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance (working with the Centre for Cities think tank) has carried out a study shedding light upon the local economic impact of Brexit. Henry G. Overman writes that it is the richer cities, predominantly in the south of England, that will be hit hardest by Brexit, with this effect particularly apparent in areas specialised […]

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    From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

Public housing has always been financially sustainable – it is political choices over the past forty years that have sought to undermine social tenure, writes Stewart Smyth. He explains how housing policy has evolved in Northern Ireland and makes the case for a new approach.

It was a tragic and unwelcome co-incidence to launch a report about public housing in […]

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    Do we need more counter-terrorism powers? Why Theresa May’s ‘four-point’ plan is redundant

Do we need more counter-terrorism powers? Why Theresa May’s ‘four-point’ plan is redundant

Following the London Bridge attack in June 2017, the Prime Minister announced a four-point plan to tackle terrorism. Simon Hale-Ross questions the validity of this plan, and illustrates how the current counter-terrorism structure in the UK is more than adequate.

Do we need more counter-terrorism powers? The short answer is no, we do not: the Human Rights Act 1998 is […]

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    Rebels running London? The mayoralties of Ken and Boris compared

Rebels running London? The mayoralties of Ken and Boris compared

With the upcoming mayoral elections, our attention turns to mayors and their powers. Ben Worthy and Mark Bennister reflect on the terms of Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson. They draw on their new paper to explain what it is that we can learn from how the two first elected mayors of London ran the city.

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    When on Westminster Bridge people could be mowed down, did we do a good job of ‘expecting the unexpected’?

When on Westminster Bridge people could be mowed down, did we do a good job of ‘expecting the unexpected’?

Parliament’s security is under review following the attack in Westminster. But, when pedestrians could be hit next to Big Ben, there may be more to review than the protection of the building alone. Patrick Dunleavy asks whether our approaches to security are as effective as they could be, considering the constantly shifting terrorist methods. He explains why in combating […]