Fairness and Equality

What did the coalition government do for women?

Much of the progress made towards gender equality under the coalition government was offset by the impact of austerity on women, writes Anna Sanders. While a number of gender equality policies were brought forward in 2010-5, these were largely symbolic, rather than redistributive in nature.

One month after the 2010 General Election, the newly formed Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition delivered its […]

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    Necessary baby steps towards The Good Parliament: proxy voting in the Commons

Necessary baby steps towards The Good Parliament: proxy voting in the Commons

On 28 January 2019 the House of Commons unanimously voted to implement a trial of proxy voting for MPs on parental leave. Sarah Childs explains how the vote came about, and why the pilot is unlikely to be overturned.

Missing the centenary year of women’s right to vote for and sit in the House of Commons by a month, Parliament […]

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    Why international comparisons of education should focus on both averages and equality

Why international comparisons of education should focus on both averages and equality

Each new round of the OECD’s global education survey leads to scrutiny of country rankings based on the average child’s performance, but the new Innocenti Report Card argues that equality in test scores is just as important as average standards. Yekaterina Chzhen and Gwyther Rees, lead authors of the report, illustrate this point in relation to the four nations […]

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    How women work together in masculinised parliaments to represent the interests of women

How women work together in masculinised parliaments to represent the interests of women

How do representatives act for those they represent? Peter Allen and Sarah Childs use the case of the Labour Party’s Women’s Committee to illustrate how it advances women’s interests in a feminist direction by sustaining its focus on a small number of issues and interacting with party leadership.

Over three days in London in September 2018, British women politicians and […]

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    The gay glass ceiling: sexual orientation and the managerial ladder

The gay glass ceiling: sexual orientation and the managerial ladder

While research has shown how sexual orientation affects pay, we do not know whether and how it affects access to managerial posts. Cevat Giray Aksoy, Christopher S. Carpenter, Jeff Frank, and Matt L. Huffman provide the first large-scale evidence of the relationship between sexual orientation and workplace authority.

Empirical research on sexual orientation and work-related inequality has focused on earnings […]

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    Can we solve both the economic crisis and the environmental one? Seeking new models in uncertain times

Can we solve both the economic crisis and the environmental one? Seeking new models in uncertain times

Mia Gray and Betsy Donald argue that scholars and policymakers need to explore new regional economic growth models that focus on some of the most important issues of our time, including inequality and climate change.

Our society needs a real conversation about the meaning and nature of economic growth. In a time of populist politics and rising regional discontent, it is […]

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    Four policy proposals to improve disabled people’s employment and pay

Four policy proposals to improve disabled people’s employment and pay

To make employment inclusive for people living with disability or health conditions, there is an urgent need to rethink both how we campaign for change as well as what policy changes we are pushing for. Based on her work with the LSE, Liz Sayce discusses four key proposals that would make the workplace accessible, fair, and inclusive.

In the endeavours of […]

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    Automation and the billionaires’ dystopia: how to defend economic democracy

Automation and the billionaires’ dystopia: how to defend economic democracy

The narrative that automation will lead to mass unemployment and thus people should settle for a basic income rather than good jobs needs to be challenged, writes Ewan McGaughey. He explains how the law can help secure fair wages and working conditions for everyone.

Technology today lets us create a paradise on Earth, where scarcity and poverty will be forgotten, but […]