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    The different ‘types’ of poverty: is there a problem with how we currently talk about poverty?

The different ‘types’ of poverty: is there a problem with how we currently talk about poverty?

Stephen Crossley, Kayleigh Garthwaite, and Ruth Patrick argue that the different ‘types’ of poverty that have emerged in recent years may have the effect of diverting attention away from structural and systemic issues that need to be addressed. They introduce a new project which aims to encourage more critical discussion about the implications of this increased fragmentation of poverty.

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    The data behind mortality trends: explaining the recent improvement in mortality in England

The data behind mortality trends: explaining the recent improvement in mortality in England

One of the most important functions of a government is to ensure the health of its population, with the main indicator being measures of mortality such as life expectancy. Mike Murphy writes that, contrary to popular belief, current levels of mortality are the lowest ever recorded by a substantial margin.

Recent reports of adverse mortality trends in Britain have […]

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    Tackling smoking: never mind health, we need to talk about price

Tackling smoking: never mind health, we need to talk about price

Frances Thirlway explains why smokers’ concerns about addiction provide an unlikely but compelling rationale for making a minimum price strategy a central part of tobacco control.

People stop smoking for health reasons, right? We all know the link between smoking and cancer, not to mention heart disease, stroke and many other conditions. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we stop smoking or […]

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    Flawed data? Why NHS spending on the independent sector may actually be much more than 7%

Flawed data? Why NHS spending on the independent sector may actually be much more than 7%

The presentation of data on NHS expenditure is flawed, writes David Rowland, which prevents policymakers from having a clear understanding of where money within the system is going. He estimates that in 2018/19, the amount spent by NHS England on the independent sector was around 26% of total expenditure, not 7% as widely reported. 

Claims regarding the extent of NHS […]

Sharing public wealth: why we need a Charter of the Commons

Guy Standing argues that we need a progressive charter to recover and revive our commons – including natural resources and social amenities – that are currently being privatised and exploited for commercial incursions.

On November 6, 1217, two documents became the foundations of the British constitution, Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, the latter asserting that everybody had […]

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    Why did the Industrial Relations Act 1971 fail? Depoliticisation and the importance of resistance

Why did the Industrial Relations Act 1971 fail? Depoliticisation and the importance of resistance

Sam Warner explains how the attempt to depoliticise the reform of industrial relations in the 1970s was resisted and how re-politicisation was achieved.

Despite the term having a distinctly ‘academic’ ring to it, depoliticisation has a broader significance because it concerns an often taken-for-granted aspect of contemporary governance. Not to be confused with the absence or removal of politics, a […]

Boris Johnson: The Brezhnev Years

Following the government’s decision to prorogue Parliament, as well as its increasing pursuit of a no-deal Brexit, Abby Innes writes that Johnson’s Cabinet is only the most extreme version of successive neoliberal UK cabinets unable or unwilling to believe the evidence of their own eyes: that neoliberalism does not work. She explains how contemporary neoliberal states share many of the pathologies […]

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    If we want a better civil society we need to get policy thinkers to focus more on it

If we want a better civil society we need to get policy thinkers to focus more on it

A healthy charity sector is a crucial part of a good society, writes Dan Corry. He draws on the Charity Tax Commission’s latest report to explain why the sector deserves more study by academics, researchers, and policymakers.

Civil society is a very important part of what makes a good society and underpins a strong economy. Yet I am constantly amazed […]