The Commission on Inequality in Education

This week saw the launch of the Commission on Inequality in Education, with a speech given by its Chair Nick…

Posted by Events on January 15th, 2016

The return of the social

In the public outpouring of (genuine) grief upon the loss of David Bowie yesterday, you could be excused for missing an Posted by Events on January 12th, 2016

Public services, brought to you by…?

While the commentariat has been focused on the strife wracking the Labour Party, the government have been quietly completing the second phase…

Posted by Events on January 8th, 2016

Unlocking Digital Democracy in the EU

It’s become a truism that digital revolution is changing politics: and it is, of course. But few research groups have tried to…

Posted by Events on December 22nd, 2015

The Year in Ideas: Pre-Distribution

On any measure it has been a big political year, from David Cameron’s surprise majority to Jeremy Corbyn’s remarkable insurgency. But what…

Posted by Events on December 9th, 2015

Populism Won’t Solve the Migration Crisis

As Europe comes to grips with the horror of the Paris attacks, one group, more than any other, is exposed the brunt…

Posted by Events on November 27th, 2015

The Anti-Social Network

On the question of multiculturalism and integration – despite some superficial differences – I think both the Labour and Conservative parties have…

Posted by Events on November 20th, 2015

Postcard from Sarajevo: Reflections on the New Era for Think Tanks

I was fortunate recently to attend the International Workshop for Managers of Research Organisations in the Western Balkans and the EU

Posted by Events on November 16th, 2015

A New Vision for Welfare-to-Work

While public debate is focused on cuts to tax credits, and whether their staged introduction and move to National Living Wage will…

Posted by Events on November 2nd, 2015

Support for Immigration can’t be Bought

A number of ideas have been mooted in the last few years to try to tackle rising concerns over immigration. The Conservatives…

Posted by Events on November 13th, 2015

The Silent Third Partner on Apprenticeships

Last week, the Chief Inspector of schools delivered what he called a ‘shot across the bow’ of the Government over apprenticeships. There…

Posted by Events on October 29th, 2015

Five Questions on the new Right-to-Buy

In his speech yesterday, the Prime Minister suggested more people owning their own homes should be a measure of his Government’s…

Posted by Events on October 8th, 2015

The Upside to the Downsize

Lynda Blackwell of the Financial Conduct Authority, the UK’s financial markets regulator, came under fire last week for describing Britain as having…

Posted by Events on October 1st, 2015

Family Matters

Welfare reform dominated the Chancellor’s Summer Budget, and one of the most significant areas pinpointed for an overhaul is Child Tax Credit…

Posted by Events on September 30th, 2015

Viral Power

A single man, alone, against a column of Chinese tanks. The Stars N’ Stripes half-raised above Iwo Jima. Phan Thj Kim Phuc…

Posted by Events on September 22nd, 2015

Clegg’s Eurovision

The EU isn’t perfect, said Nick Clegg at a Demos fringe event last night, and pro-Europeans shouldn’t pretend that it is….

Posted by Events on September 22nd, 2015

Web forums and the ‘core self’ of mental illness experience

The House of Commons Health Committee’s 2014 report highlighted the need for mental health services to keep up with the…

Posted by Events on September 3rd, 2015

Fit for Purpose

The key focus of Iain Duncan Smith’s speech yesterday addressed sickness benefits, and how Government judges if people are fit for work. There…

Posted by Events on August 25th, 2015

Contours of a new Conservatism

With media attention so focused on the Labour leadership race, something interesting is happening to Conservative politics at the moment. I think…

Posted by Events on August 11th, 2015

“The inherent right of every commoner” – changing how we petition Parliament

There is an idea that the presentation of a petition is an empty form – that it is ordered to lie upon…

Posted by Events on August 3rd, 2015