Economy and Society

The changing size and shape of the UK state ahead of GE2019

Matthew Whittaker explains how the spending restraint of the austerity period and the political priorities pursued by successive governments have placed major strain on a number of public services. He argues that, as a result, the size of the state has changed over the past decade and so too has its shape.

Political consensus is a rare commodity these days. […]

Women and gender in the 2019 party manifestos

Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains, and Anna Sanders offer an overview of manifesto pledges concerning women. They conclude that, while most parties are taking the diversity of women and their interests seriously, it is difficult to judge the value of their offer. 
Half of the electorate are women. Research has consistently shown that women are more likely to be floating voters […]

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    How economic insecurity encourages political activism and support for the right

How economic insecurity encourages political activism and support for the right

Walter Bossert, Andrew E. Clark, Conchita D’Ambrosio, and Anthony Lepinteur explain how insecurity affects political outcomes. Specifically, they find that rather than encouraging a withdrawal from politics, economic insecurity seems to encourage political activism, and in particular support for the right.

Economic insecurity is attracting growing attention in social, academic, and policy circles. It has arguably risen for a number […]

The ABCD of social mobility: four game-changing policies

How can social mobility be improved? Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin write that merely tweaking existing policies will not transform society. They outline four major changes that have the potential to actually do so.

Talking social mobility is easy; addressing it is hard. In our book, Social Mobility and Its Enemies, we argued that the prospects for social mobility […]

Is it time for businesses to report on race?

At a time when businesses’ role within local communities, and society more broadly, is being reimagined to provide greater social value and impact, Siobhan Morris argues that it is time for employers to consider reporting on race.
Tackling structural inequalities in the UK is fundamental to social cohesion and to enabling economic growth to benefit all. And the case […]

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    Young climate strikers are neither immature nor ill-informed

Young climate strikers are neither immature nor ill-informed

Having interviewed young climate strikers, Dena Arya, Benjamin Bowman, and Sarah Pickard find that, despite critics often dismissing their motivations, protesters demonstrated a commitment to the cause as well as a clear awareness of the issue.

Youth activism surged in 2019. Young people have been taking to the streets to demand immediate and significant action on climate change. The #FridaysForFuture […]

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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 […]