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    Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Five minutes with Danny Dorling: “The current increase in global inequality is completely unsustainable”

Rising inequality is one of the most pressing political issues. In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Danny Dorling discusses the problems posed by inequality, the situation within the UK, and why the current trends are likely to prove unsustainable.

Although many social scientists, most notably Thomas Piketty, have provided evidence of rising inequality across Europe and the rest of […]

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    Owen Paterson’s controversial speech to climate change sceptics looks to be riddled with inaccuracies

Owen Paterson’s controversial speech to climate change sceptics looks to be riddled with inaccuracies

Owen Paterson, until recently the environment secretary, will be speaking to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a think tank known for its climate change scepticism. Bob Ward looks at what he will say, writing that Paterson is in desperate need of some extra tuition from climate scientists.

More details are emerging of serious flaws in a controversial speech that the former environment […]

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    Half of the regions and nations of the UK still have lower employment rates than they did at the onset of recession

Half of the regions and nations of the UK still have lower employment rates than they did at the onset of recession

Today’s labour market statistics marked a break-even moment, with the working age employment rate going above its pre-recession level for the first time. However, the headline masks a very uneven picture across regions and nations; the ‘jobs gap’ remains in half of these, writes Laura Gardiner. 

Today’s employment statistics mark an important point on the long road to recovery from the historically deep downturn we have […]

Irregular migration to the UK: 10 questions answered

Irregular migration is a highly emotional and hotly disputed issue riddled by uncertainties and misconceptions, says Franck Düvell. In this article he reviews what is known and clarifies some of the issues. Among other important points, he writes that the majority of irregular immigrants in the UK were at some point regular but lost their status

How does irregular migration come about? Each […]

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    The impact of Scotland’s independence referendum continues to unfold

The impact of Scotland’s independence referendum continues to unfold

With the Scottish referendum fading behind us, we have yet to fully understand the effects of the Scottish referendum vote on the political character of Britain, on political engagement by the British electorate, on the standing of the different parties, and on how opinion regarding the EU will evolve. John McCormick explores the referendum’s continuing impact.

The fuss over the Scottish independence referendum has died […]

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    The SNP are the likely winners from the Smith Commission process

The SNP are the likely winners from the Smith Commission process

The Smith Commission is accepting party proposals regarding what further devolution will look like for Scotland. Craig McAngus argues that the SNP will come out of the process as the likely winners. They will be able to point to their proposals as being the will of the Scottish people, while attacking the other parties (mainly Labour) for selling Scotland constitutionally short.

The political parties […]

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    The data suggests a connection between UKIP support, skills and immigration

The data suggests a connection between UKIP support, skills and immigration

Looking at data at the ward level on qualifications and immigration, Steven Ayres finds that UKIP support seems to be affected by the interaction effect between accession country diasporas and poorly qualified UK-born residents. Evidence from areas that UKIP have not done quite as well appears to reinforce this idea.

Speculation regarding the how, why, and who of UKIP successes over recent years has continued to amass over […]

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    EU governments must avoid scapegoating the public sector for Europe’s economic problems

EU governments must avoid scapegoating the public sector for Europe’s economic problems

How have different European countries implemented austerity measures since the financial crisis? Andrea Müller, Irene Ramos-Vielba, Werner Schmidt, Annette Thörnquist and Christer Thörnqvist write on developments within four countries: Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK. They argue that there is little evidence to suggest that the failure to modernise the public sector in these countries was a key driver […]