Society and Culture

We need to discover something akin to the ‘spirit of 45’ if we are to replace our ‘failure state’ with a ‘success state’

In response to Ken Loach’s new film Spirit of ’45, Adam Lent makes the case that the popular narrative of social change expressed in the film is mistaken. The social state established by the postwar Labour government of 1945 is not in decline but rather has continued to grow. He argues that we must now find a unifying ideal, with the […]

Forget budgets – economic redemption can only comes from ourselves now

In the last of our Budget 2013 coverage, Adam Lent argues that much of the contemporary political discourse about economic policy has failed to grasp the limited agency of the state in the contemporary world. Instead of asking what, if any, macroeconomic levers the government could or should be using to generate growth, we should look to a new spirit of […]

LSE British Politicast Episode 1: Reflecting On The Riots

In the first episode of the LSE British Politicast, we take a closer look at the Riots of 2011. This podcast looks back on the riots, presenting sociological and criminological perspectives on why they happened and what, if anything, can be learned from them. Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy at the LSE, talks about his award winning […]

Research into the ageing experiences of different migrant groups shows a need for more culturally appropriate delivery of public services

The recognition of an increasingly multicultural and ageing population has led to a growing policy interest in how different migrant groups experience the ageing process within European cities. Shereen Hussein reports on research into the perceptions and needs associated with old age among Turkish communities in London. The latest UK census shows that more than half of London’s population identified their […]

What does the licensing of lap dancing clubs suggest about our changing attitudes towards the sex industries?

Since the Policing and Crime Act 2009 provided local authorities with more control over the location of lap dancing clubs, there has been much debate about whether there is a place for sexual entertainment in Britain. Here, Phil Hubbard considers the arguments against lap dancing, suggesting that frequent allusions to the negative impacts of lap dancing clubs on young people are […]

Making Science Public as a route to better evidence

It is widely accepted that scientific evidence should play a role in policy decisions, yet the form that this should or could take remains subject to intense debate. Warren Pearce and Sujatha Raman discuss how the Making Science Public project attempts to address these questions. The role of scientific evidence within policy is one of the most vexed issues within politics […]

Large-scale housing in the UK: learning the lessons of the (recent) past

The Coalition’s recent commitment to large-scale housing projects resonates with a long tradition of town planning in the UK. The team from the New Urbanisms, New Citizens project suggest that these plans must learn lessons from the more recent past, as well as from the grand schemes of decades ago. On 22nd November 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced a series of […]

The relationship between sex workers and outreach services in London has been gravely damaged by the Olympics

Georgina Perry is Service Manager for Open Doors, a free service providing sex workers access to health care, advocacy and support. Here she argues that the recurrent link claimed between sex-trafficking and large sporting events like the Olympic Games  has no basis in evidence. The resulting brothel closures in East London as a result of the 2012 Olympics turned up […]