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    Bursting the liberal bubble: Racism in the era of Brexit and Trump

Bursting the liberal bubble: Racism in the era of Brexit and Trump

Recent political developments have revived discussions on racism. But did we ever see the ‘end of racism’? Drawing on extensive research on the historical articulations of racism across Europe, Katy Sian explains how in the post-racial society, debates on anti-racism became invisible. This confusion allowed racism to grow unchecked.

Post-racialism and anti-racism

Between 2010 and 2013, when myself and colleagues at […]

March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments|
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    Manchester’s transformation over the past 25 years: why we need a reset of city region policy

Manchester’s transformation over the past 25 years: why we need a reset of city region policy

Since the abolition of Manchester’s city region government by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, councillors and officers have been sponsoring the transformation of the city by private property developers. Peter Folkman, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, John Tomaney and Karel Williams explain the unrecognised and unintended consequences of this transformation.

Manchester has been at the centre of claims about an urban […]

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    Book Review: Student Lives in Crisis: Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity by Lorenza Antonucci

Book Review: Student Lives in Crisis: Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity by Lorenza Antonucci

In Student Lives in Crisis: Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity, Lorenza Antonucci examines the material inequalities that shape young people’s experiences of Higher Education by examining welfare provision in three European countries – England, Italy and Sweden. Heather Mew welcomes this book as an eye-opening account that shows how austerity policies are leading universities to reinforce rather than remedy […]

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    The funding of politics in Great Britain – an issue transformed

The funding of politics in Great Britain – an issue transformed

Political party financing may not regularly hit the headlines in the UK, especially in the wake of Brexit and the more pressing concerns politicians appear to face, but, Sam Power argues here, it is an issue that will not go away any time soon. Drawing on recent research, he explores recent changes in how party financing has evolved.

The recent […]

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    ‘Socially useful’ finance and the regulation of peer-to-peer lending in the United Kingdom

‘Socially useful’ finance and the regulation of peer-to-peer lending in the United Kingdom

Economic policy has been a central debate in British politics since the economic crash. Here, Chris Rogers and Chris Clarke assess how peer to peer lending has changed this landscape. 

The crisis of 2008 and its aftermath ignited a debate about the role of finance in society.  Critics suggested that financial services had become too dominant in large economies, that […]

Industrial strategy: some lessons from the past

Industrial strategy is back on the government’s agenda, with a promise to produce a ‘match fit’ economy that ‘works for everyone’ and is able to thrive after Brexit. As yet, however, there is little sign of the promised broadly-based and coherent industrial strategy emerging. In crafting it, explains Hugh Pemberton, its architects may profitably look back to the 1960s […]

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    Gamers or victims: how can you ‘play the game’ on benefits if you don’t know the rules?

Gamers or victims: how can you ‘play the game’ on benefits if you don’t know the rules?

Portrayals of welfare users being lazy and work-shy, manipulating the system to receive support, are common. Drawing on research, Jenny McNeill explains the extent to which cynical manipulation is present in the conduct of welfare support recipients.

Media and government are fixated on the pervasiveness of so-called ‘scroungers’: people cheating the benefits system for welfare they are not entitled to, […]

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    Book Review: Electronic Dreams. How 1980s Britain Learned to Love the Computer by Tom Lean

Book Review: Electronic Dreams. How 1980s Britain Learned to Love the Computer by Tom Lean

In Electronic Dreams: How 1980s Britain Learned to Love the Computer, Tom Lean offers a new study of the history of personal computing by deftly tracing links between users, emerging technologies, makers and the wider context of government thinking and media in eighties Britain. With the book largely avoiding nostalgia, Peter Webster recommends this as essential reading for all those interested […]