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What do we mean by the ‘underclass’?

Recent evidence points to the failure of the ‘troubled families’ programme launched by the Coalition government in 2011, a programme designed to intervene in the lives of the estimated 120,000 most behaviourally anti-social families in England and Wales. As John Macnicol argues, the concept of the ‘underclass’ underpinning this initiative has a long history, and has resurfaced in various […]

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    Let Mark Carney do his job – why this is not the time to replace the Governor of the Bank of England

Let Mark Carney do his job – why this is not the time to replace the Governor of the Bank of England

With Brexit and a period of increasing economic uncertainty upon us, this is not the time to replace the Governor of the Bank of England. Indeed, it is Mark Carney himself who should seek certain reassurances from the government before he confirms his Governorship for another five years, writes Costas Milas.

A series of Halloween monetary policy stories emerged over […]

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    Book Review: The Right to Buy? Selling Off Public and Social Housing by Alan Murie

Book Review: The Right to Buy? Selling Off Public and Social Housing by Alan Murie

Introduced under the Thatcher government, ‘Right to Buy’ has had a formative effect on housing in the UK for the past 35 years. In The Right to Buy? Selling Off Public and Social Housing, Alan Murie examines the policy’s long-standing and ongoing impact, and considers the implications of its more recent extension. While more explicit political analysis of the […]

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    Did personality matter in Gordon Brown’s management of the financial crisis?

Did personality matter in Gordon Brown’s management of the financial crisis?

In a recently published article, Stephen Dyson considers the contrasting leadership styles of Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling. Using data from House of Commons debates, he argues that the different manners of leading displayed by the ex-Prime Minister and the former Chancellor during the financial crisis of 2008 onwards shows that personality is fundamentally important to politics and decision-making.

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    Is Facebook a site of political engagement for young people?

Is Facebook a site of political engagement for young people?

Young people may be turning away from traditional sites of politics, but that does not mean that they are apolitical. In a recent co-authored article, Ariadne Vromen argues that Facebook is an important site of political engagement for youth in the UK, USA and Australia.

 

There can be little doubt that the institutions and practices of modern representative government have been […]

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    Does immigration harm the job prospects of the UK-born? Brexit and the UK labour market

Does immigration harm the job prospects of the UK-born? Brexit and the UK labour market

Following the referendum vote to leave the European Union, the UK faces a trade-off between retaining access to the Single Market and restricting free movement of labour. Barbara Petrongolo considers the likely impact of tougher immigration controls on the wages and employment prospects of the UK-born and the current stock of immigrants.

Membership of the European Union (EU) has direct […]

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    In a divided Britain, the pro-EU movement will have to be clear about what it wants

In a divided Britain, the pro-EU movement will have to be clear about what it wants

The Brexit vote has thrown different conceptions of democracy into sharp relief. Some are horrified at the conduct of the referendum campaign; others see the result as the revealed will of the people. Luke Temple uses tweets from the March for Europe event on the 3rd September to show how these views clash. He concludes that the pro-EU movement needs a clear aim if it’s to make […]

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    Defending Helen Archer – marital rape and the role of expert testimony in cases involving domestic abuse

Defending Helen Archer – marital rape and the role of expert testimony in cases involving domestic abuse

Jennifer Brown, Jeannie Mackie and Yvonne Shell offer psychological, legal and clinical commentary on the Helen Archer (Titchener) attempted murder trial as portrayed in Radio 4’s The Archers. The complexities of the case are discussed in light of the apparent initial unwillingness of the defendant to provide full details of the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of […]