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    Increasing the number of faith schools could also increase social segregation and lower social mobility

Increasing the number of faith schools could also increase social segregation and lower social mobility

Faith schools generally achieve better exam results than their counterparts. But how much of this success is down to their intake? Rebecca Johnes and Jon Andrews find that much of the difference can be attributed to social selection: faith schools on average admit fewer pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds than non-faith schools. Increasing the number of faith schools could therefore increase social […]

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    The Prevent duty: Difficult decisions for teachers in identifying radicalisation and extremism

The Prevent duty: Difficult decisions for teachers in identifying radicalisation and extremism

The ‘Prevent’ strategy is now an important part of UK governement counter-terrorism strategy. But, asks Robert Hindle, does this place undue pressure on teachers in our schools, and encourage bias and prejudice against minority communities?

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch pronounces that ‘a jury is only as sound as the men that make it up’.  Despite evidence to […]

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    The House of Lords’ powers on statutory instruments survive

The House of Lords’ powers on statutory instruments survive

In the long age of abortive Lords reforms, Theresa May has installed a new chapter by backing off from her predecessor’s plans to strip the upper House of its power to vote down statutory instruments – the main form of delegated legislation vital to the UK government’s extensive executive powers. Richard Reid argues that the decision reflects upcoming Brexit […]

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    The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

Every year, the European Commission publishes a so called ‘Enlargement Package’ which sets out the Commission’s policy on enlargement and reports on the progress of candidate and potential candidate countries. Ahead of the 2016 Enlargement Package, Fatmir Besimi suggests that following Brexit, it is vitally important for the EU to emphasise the benefits of enlargement and reaffirm its commitment […]

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    More tolerant, yet more divided? UK-US parallels in the wake of Brexit and Trump

More tolerant, yet more divided? UK-US parallels in the wake of Brexit and Trump

Both the Brexit referendum and Trump’s election were fuelled in part by anti-immigration sentiment. Yet both the US and the UK are gradually becoming more tolerant of racial diversity. Maria Sobolewska explores this apparent contradiction between diminishing racial prejudice and a swing to the right on immigration policy.

After the largely unexpected Trump victory in the US presidential elections, the […]

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    Never letting go: why Scotland is at constitutional stalemate over Brexit

Never letting go: why Scotland is at constitutional stalemate over Brexit

Northern Ireland could secede from the UK, if its people agreed to do so. But Scotland cannot – and consequently it will be forced to join the rest of the UK in Brexit, unless Westminster agrees to let it hold another referendum on independence and Scots vote to quit the UK. Nikos Skoutaris compares Nicola Sturgeon’s position to that […]

Whatever happened to anti-social behaviour?

The discourse and legislation around anti-social behaviour has changed considerably since it was first introduced in 1997, but hasn’t gone away. Craig Johnstone looks back over two decades of legislation and asks what it has achieved.

For a decade after 1997 the concept of anti-social behaviour (ASB) – and how its impact on the communities where it was considered prevalent might […]

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    Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

In 2016, the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump resolutely demonstrated the political power of social media. David Beer asks how we might better understand ‘influence’ in the machinations of social media, and how this influence might be harnessed by those in, or seeking, office.

One of the most interesting features of the new types of social media analytics […]