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2019 UK election results projected onto a building

John Weeks, Coordinator of the Progressive Economy Forum and co-editor of 'Rethinking Britain', provides an insightful analysis of the election results. He reveals that there was actually no evidence of a shift of voters to the centre, examines the impact of Brexit and the implications of the result for Labour Party policy.…Read more

Photo of a container yard from the cover of 'Exploring Trade Union Identities'

Bob Smale, author of 'Exploring Trade Union Identities', calls for the recognition of labour market niches and suggests that niche unions can be more successful in organising them. There is no ‘silver bullet’, but some of the answers to regeneration may lie in the past.…Read more

Photo of a red neon sign of the word 'Change'
by Sam Wren-Lewis  |  11th December 2019

Sam Wren-Lewis asks whether people are really looking for the 'real change' that Labour are promising, arguing that taking a longer-term perspective has the potential to unite the left and right.…Read more

Street art of cans in style of Tesco saying 'Tories value - cream of foodbank soup'

Sue Konzelmann shows why the next government, which will be faced with the consequences of a decade’s worth of cuts, should not focus on 'where’s the money coming from?' but ask the question 'where’s our society and economy going?'.…Read more

A photo of two empty hospital beds
by Judith Smith  |  10th December 2019

In advance of Thursday's General Election, Professor Judith Smith, Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, examines the main causes of NHS pressure that need attention by a new Government and the manifesto pledges that promise to address them…Read more

Photo of two sets of birds flying

Sam Wren-Lewis looks at the General Election from the point of view of political psychology, revealing how the problems of democracy and happiness have more in common than you think.…Read more

Photo of a sign saying 'Polling station'

After a year characterised by political uncertainty, one thing that seems clear during this election campaign is that the two largest parties have their work cut out to build enough support to achieve a clear majority. British politics is experiencing an unprecedented level of fragmentation. Traditional divides along the lines of class are blurring, as Read More

Street art of Jeremy Corbyn with the initials JC on either side
by Danny Dorling  |  13th November 2019

The extract below from Peak Inequality, published in 2018, sums up the conclusion to that book and remains pertinent today. Jeremy Corbyn, like all of us, may have many faults, but he also epitomises both something that is fundamentally decent and the possibility for change. It is significant that elections are held in December in Read More

Illustration of two men at ladders, one is missing rungs, from the cover of 'The Inequality Crisis'
by Roger Brown  |  28th October 2019

In this long read, Roger Brown, author of The Inequality Crisis: The Facts and What We Can Do About It, outlines causes of the Neoliberal turn and shows how it has created vastly increased and unjust social inequality. Crucially, he explains where we need to begin in order to reverse the tide. In November 1984, Read More

Words 'Work in progress' written on glass
by Richard Freeman  |  24th October 2019

Previously published on the Policy & Politics blog. What do policy makers do? The question is important, because making policy engages a great number of people one way or another, and what they do they might do well or badly. Our standard answers are rather hazy, not least because policy making entails such great numbers Read More