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    Devolution revolution? Assessing central-local relationships in England’s devolution deals

Devolution revolution? Assessing central-local relationships in England’s devolution deals

Much recent debate has been generated by the priorities of the newly-elected metro-mayors and their implications for the sub-national governance of England. But the broader question is: will they lead to longer-term change in relationships between central and local government? Mark Sandford, Sarah Ayres, and Matthew Flinders argue that, although not radical, England’s devolution deals may contain the seeds […]

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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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    Justice or peace? (Not) Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland

Justice or peace? (Not) Dealing with the past in Northern Ireland

Both the recent political impasse and the possible impact of Brexit on the peace process have highlighted how Northern Ireland deals, or doesn’t, with its past. Eamonn O’Kane writes that little progress been made on this front, something that undermines the task of governing the present. He argues it is time to decouple some of the issues and adopt […]

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    An English Foreign Policy: Little England or Little Britain?

An English Foreign Policy: Little England or Little Britain?

If the UK were to break up then how might a post-UK England relate to the rest of the British Isles, Europe, and the wider world? Will the end of the UK produce a reduced and angry ‘Little England’ or might continuity prevail and the world find itself dealing with a ‘Little Britain’? Tim Oliver considers some of the […]

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    Do economists change the financial system, or does the financial system change economists?

Do economists change the financial system, or does the financial system change economists?

How does received knowledge vis-a-vis our financial system emerge and change? Here, Michael Lee explores how ideas about the economy have come into existence and gained acceptance in contemporary UK and US economic thinking.

Imagine a world where Milton Friedman received more encouragement in art, and less in math as a child. Young Milton might have become an artist instead […]

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    Is Facebook a site of political engagement for young people?

Is Facebook a site of political engagement for young people?

Young people may be turning away from traditional sites of politics, but that does not mean that they are apolitical. In a recent co-authored article, Ariadne Vromen argues that Facebook is an important site of political engagement for youth in the UK, USA and Australia.

 

There can be little doubt that the institutions and practices of modern representative government have been […]

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    The grievances of the fishing industry would be better aimed at the UK government, not the EU

The grievances of the fishing industry would be better aimed at the UK government, not the EU

Fishing is a proud industry and its struggle has been propelled to prominence in the debate on the EU referendum next month. Griffin Carpenter argues that, despite what Brexit: The Movie claims, the genuine grievances of the fishing industry should be directed at the UK government, not the EU.

It is indisputable that many ports and coastal communities around the UK […]

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    The generation gap: How young voters view the UK’s referendum

The generation gap: How young voters view the UK’s referendum

Opinion polls on the UK’s upcoming referendum have consistently shown a clear generational divide, with younger voters more likely to support staying in the EU than older citizens. Using recent survey data, James Sloam assesses the factors underpinning this split, noting that if young people have such a distinct position on the EU, it is important that their […]