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Gender over Race? Equity and inclusion in higher education

While universities are focusing on addressing gender inequality, Kalwant Bhopal and Holly Henderson find that there is little imperative to also address race and racism in the academy. They summarise the findings of a new study on the experiences of higher education staff working towards the Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter.

Current scholarship on race in the […]

What does it mean to be British? And who defines it?

As part of the LSE Festival 2019, Diane Abbott, Eric Kaufmann, Alita Nandi, Sunder Katwala, and Ilka Gleibs discussed the question of Britishness – what does it mean and who gets to define it. Lucinda Platt provides an overview of the main arguments.

At its simplest, being British is a legal status of citizenship, as Diane Abbott MP (and Shadow […]

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    Ten recommended reads on the contemporary far right and populism by female authors

Ten recommended reads on the contemporary far right and populism by female authors

In this reading list, Cas Mudde recommends ten books on the contemporary far right and populism written and edited by women scholars.
Women scholars have written groundbreaking studies on both far right and populist politics. Today, women authors are quite well represented in the study of the far right, both in Europe and North America. But, somewhat surprisingly, particularly given […]

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    Democratising Hansard: continuing to improve the accessibility of parliamentary records

Democratising Hansard: continuing to improve the accessibility of parliamentary records

The official, substantially verbatim report of what is said in Parliament is an essential tool for ensuring democratic accountability. This record, Hansard, contains a wealth of data, but it is not always fully accessible and easy to search. Lesley Jeffries and Fransina de Jager explain how a new project, Hansard at Huddersfield, aims to improve access to the Hansard […]

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    Gender pay gap reporting: the agenda for change needs to be broadened and deepened

Gender pay gap reporting: the agenda for change needs to be broadened and deepened

While the mandatory pay gap reporting regulations introduced in 2016 have led to some shocking revelations, their scope needs to be broadened as well as deepened, argues Susan Milner. She writes that the pace of change is slow, while labour market changes mean that more and more women remain trapped in low-paid, low-hours employment.

On 4 April, the second round […]

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    Breaking the mould: British social democrats need an improved method for doing politics

Breaking the mould: British social democrats need an improved method for doing politics

Social democratic politics in Britain requires compelling answers to three questions that Roy Jenkins posed in 1979, writes Patrick Diamond. He revisits Jenkins’s words by considering the prospects for ‘breaking the mould’ of UK politics in the time of Brexit and permanent austerity.

The year 2019 marks the fortieth anniversary of Roy Jenkins’ Dimbleby lecture, Home Thoughts from Abroad, which […]

How Brexit has hit the value of UK firms

Paula Hill, Adriana Korczak, and Piotr Korczak analyse which firms and sectors have been most affected by the political uncertainty associated with Brexit. They discuss how those results can help understand corporate decisions made since the referendum.

As of early March 2019, we still do not know the terms on which Britain will leave the EU, and there is uncertainty […]

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    Transforming employment support for individuals with disabilities and health conditions

Transforming employment support for individuals with disabilities and health conditions

The UK’s recent Improving Lives Green Paper offers a window of opportunity for much-needed change in health-related unemployment. Its proposed reforms, however, are inadequate, writes Adam Whitworth. He highlights the central role of capacity, conditionality, and connectivity in bringing about genuine change.

Health-related unemployment and sickness absence are key challenges in the UK, as in many nations. At 32%, the […]