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Child poverty and the unravelling of New Labour’s ‘hybrid’ political economy

Scott Lavery

Cameron claims to lead a ‘One Nation’ government, but pursues a ‘two nations’ governing strategy One of the headline social policy goals of the Blair and Brown governments was to eradicate child poverty in Britain by 2020.  During New Labour’s thirteen years in power considerable progress was made in this regard: child poverty fell from 3.4 million in 1998 to … Continue reading

12 August 2015 by
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The complexity of securing a pay rise for Britain

Sarah Brown

The collection of essays recently published by the Resolution Foundation offers a range of innovative solutions In the context of signs of economic recovery, the recent publication of a collection of short essays by the Resolution Foundation that explore a wide range of themes related to securing wage recovery in Britain is both timely and welcome.  Given the well-documented, recent … Continue reading

16 July 2015 by
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Rethinking Recovery V

Alex Nunn

Intergenerational and gender-based inequality: before and after the crisis The new Conservative government is persisting with billions of pounds of cuts despite rising evidence of poverty and inequality, particularly for young people, children and women. These cuts will only serve to reinforce generational and gender-based inequality. Just over a week ago on 20 June tens of thousands of people marched in … Continue reading

1 July 2015 by
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QE, labour market restructuring and the ‘regressive recovery’

Jeremy Green and Scott Lavery

Cameron’s continuing ‘two nations’ governing strategy prepares the way for a further economic crisis When David Cameron emerged from 10 Downing Street on the morning of the 8 May, he proclaimed that he would lead a ‘one nation’ government – one whose guiding aim would be to ensure that ‘the recovery reaches all parts of our country’. There was nothing … Continue reading

9 June 2015 by
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Conservative debt-reduction strategies and Victorian morals

Matthew Watson

Even though ‘Victorian values’ have become bywords for reactionary social policy, the 1866 budget shows that today’s Conservative Party fares badly by comparison Throughout the current parliament the UK Coalition Government has been beset by accusations that its welfare reforms echo the Victorian treatment of some of society’s most vulnerable citizens.  Perhaps I should reveal my hand straightaway by saying … Continue reading

25 March 2015 by
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The President’s ‘Queen’s Speech’

David Coates

The nature and timing of Obama’s latest policy shift is extraordinarily hard to understand The United Kingdom and the United States are divided by more than a common language.  They are divided too by the different character of the political systems prevalent in each.  They do, however, share a propensity for political theatre.  The UK has a major example of … Continue reading

22 January 2015 by
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Competence or chaos?

Andrew Gamble

Cameron’s claim to be promoting sound finance is a pretence, a political game In a speech delivered at the end of last year David Cameron at last followed the advice which his election strategist Lynton Crosby has been urging and focused on the economy, seeking to build on the momentum of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement.  He carefully repeated the attack … Continue reading

13 January 2015 by
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