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Democracy, power and governance

Street art of Jeremy Corbyn

Dimitri Batrouni, author of 'The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party', looks at the Labour Party's history of splitting into factions, and the formidable task ahead of Keir Starmer if he is to successfully transform the party to face a new world.…Read more

Photo of Paul Atherton
by Paul Atherton  |  20th April 2020

Paul Atherton, a campaigning film-maker, playwright and artist who has been homeless since 2009, describes his experience of being homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.…Read more

Compass
by Jesper Ahlin Marceta  |  15th April 2020

Jesper Ahlin Marceta, author of the Evidence & Policy article 'The Evidence-Based Policy Movement and Political Idealism', explores the concept of evidence-based policy and whether it's a valuable political ideal for the public policy making process.…Read more

Sign saying 'One world'
by Rebecca Willis  |  25th March 2020

Rebecca Willis is the author of 'Too Hot to Handle? The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change' - out today. Here she explains that, despite these uncertain times, we should have faith in people to understand, accept and play their part in responding to crises, both immediate, acute health threats like COVID-19, and the slow-burn of the climate crisis.…Read more

UK flag with shadows of people
by Marius Guderjan Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman  |  24th March 2020

Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman look at the impact of the election, Rishi Sunak's budget and developing trade agreements and immigration policy to explore Boris Johnson's increasingly exclusive populism and explain why their account of Brexit and austerity in 'Contested Britain: Brexit, Austerity and Agency' is framed with the notion of agency.…Read more

'Lovewall' by John Tyson on Unsplash
by Lisa McKenzie  |  20th March 2020

Lisa Mckenzie, author of 'Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain' argues that, if there has ever been a time where we need a prosocial politics, education system, business model and society, it is now.…Read more

Newspaper with headline 'Enemies of the people?'
by Joshua Rozenberg  |  25th February 2020

In this episode of the Transforming Society Podcast, Helen Davis, Commissioning Editor for Law at Bristol University Press, speaks to Joshua Rozenberg about his new book. They speak about the role of judges in society and how the book helps to demystify the law. Ultimately they come back to the key question that's also the title of the book... are judges enemies of the people?…Read more

Street art saying 'Free humanity'
by Stuart Rees  |  17th February 2020

Stuart Rees, author of Cruelty or Humanity: Challenges, Opportunities and Responsibilities, publishing later this year, talks about how non-violent expressions of power in music and poetry can provide a perspective that is the very opposite of top down, militaristic ways of thinking and behaving.…Read more

Image of woman at podium pointing, from cover of 'Women of Power'
by Torild Skard  |  14th January 2020

In our latest impact case study, Torild Skard shows how her book 'Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide', led to the establishment of the UNSCC course on Leadership, Women and the UN to promote a more gender-balanced workplace within and beyond the UN system and strengthen the voice of women at the leadership table.…Read more

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