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Making connections: the role of ‘weak ties’ in migrants’ employment strategies

New research sheds light on how Polish migrants to the UK navigate labour markets and their social and employment networks What strategies can migrants mobilise to overcome initial ‘deskilling’ and achieve levels of employment commensurate with their qualifications? Discussions of post-accession migration from Central and Eastern Europe, in particular, abound with images of graduates from prestigious Polish or Hungarian universities … Continue reading

29 September 2016 by
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The government is right on pensioner protection – but for the wrong reasons

Craig Berry

Critics of the protection of pensioner benefit entitlements are playing into George Osborne’s hands The politics of austerity appears to have induced an unfortunate amnesia among the British political class. For a long time the state pensions ‘earnings link’ was a totemic issue on the left – almost mythically so.  For her critics, Margaret Thatcher’s 1980 decision to index the … Continue reading

14 January 2016 by
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The false promise of corporation tax cuts

Matthew Watson

Recent research suggests that such policies constitute hand-outs, rather than effective means to shape firms’ investment decisions It is now more than a generation since British politicians first discovered how the image of globally footloose firms might be used to make the case for establishing a business-friendly environment.  Whatever the commitments given at the time that hard-won social rights would … Continue reading

4 November 2014 by
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