Book Review: The Power to Dismiss: Trade Unions and the Regulation of Job Security in Western Europe by Patrick Emmenegger

Book Review: The Power to Dismiss: Trade Unions and the Regulation of Job Security in Western Europe by Patrick Emmenegger

Job security regulation is often the focus of passionate debates among scholars, policy-makers and the general public at large. In this book Patrick Emmenegger offers a comparative account of the development of employment protection in eight Western European countries. The thorough analysis of the historical evolution of each national regulation is a relevant contribution offered […]

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A more systematic approach to relations between the devolved administrations and the UK government is required

A more systematic approach to relations between the devolved administrations and the UK government is required

Alan Trench calls for a more systematic approach to intergovernmental relations between the devolved and UK governments. He argues that leaving matters to be handled in ad hoc, reactive, unstructured way is no longer an option. Similar PostsWill the Scottish referendum (whatever the outcome) lead to a federal constitution for the UK?Survey research suggests that ‘ever […]

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The evolution of gender and poverty in Britain: solo-living men are emerging as a new poor group

The evolution of gender and poverty in Britain: solo-living men are emerging as a new poor group

Esther Dermott examines the relationship between gender, age and living arrangements in Britain over the period of 1999-2012. Her analysis finds that older women have gone from being one of the poorest groups to being relatively advantaged. Meanwhile, men living alone are an emerging poor group in Britain. Similar PostsBook Review: Gender Inequality in the Labour Market […]

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The threat of revolution can play a pivotal role in spurring democratisation

The threat of revolution can play a pivotal role in spurring democratisation

Revolution itself brings seismic political changes to whichever country it takes place in. But what of the threat of revolution? The theory that it does is well-established, and Toke S. Aidt, Gabriel Leon, Raphael Franck, Peter S. Jensen provide further evidence in support of the claim here here.  Similar PostsBook Review: Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of […]

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Should a codified UK constitution include reform or attempt to describe current arrangements?

Should a codified UK constitution include reform or attempt to describe current arrangements?

Most advocates of constitutional reform agree on the basic desirability of a written constitution, but to what end? Should it seek to codify our existing political and constitutional arrangements, or put in place a new settlement? Here, Richard Gordon tackles this question, looking at the competing viewpoints that surround the issue.  Similar PostsInterview: Richard Gordon on […]

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Three reforms that would be more effective than adding a ‘None of the above’ option to ballot papers

Three reforms that would be more effective than adding a ‘None of the above’ option to ballot papers

Should voters be allowed to select ‘None of the above’ at elections, as proposed recently on Democratic Audit? In this post, Richard Berry argues that this would represent only a superficial change to the electoral process. He suggests that changing the electoral system, introducing primaries and providing better support for candidates would be more effective ways […]

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Why the European Parliament has a better gender balance than national parliaments

Why the European Parliament has a better gender balance than national parliaments

Across Europe there is a wide variation in the percentage of female representatives in national parliaments, with the gender balance typically skewed toward male representatives. But what can the European Parliament tell us about mechanisms for ensuring a better gender balance? Jessica Fortin-Rittberger and Berthold Rittberger write that there is a clear ‘gender gap’ between […]

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Tackling political inequality requires a “carrot and stick” approach

Tackling political inequality requires a “carrot and stick” approach

The UK’s political and democratic system are under severe strain, with declining turnout and increased apathy threatening the legitimacy of the current constitutional settlement. Mathew Lawrence and Glenn Gottfried argues that in order to do something about it, new deliberative and experimental institutional forms of democratic life must be combined with the introduction of first time compulsory voting.  Similar […]

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The mounting number of anomalies in our constitutional arrangements may lead to the Union’s eventual demise

The mounting number of anomalies in our constitutional arrangements may lead to the Union’s eventual demise

Constitutional reform is a key issue for the future of democracy, and an important theme for the Crick Centre in the run up to the UK general election. Andrew Gamble asks whether the Union can be sustained in the long term with a growing number of questions about an English parliament. He argues that unless Unionists […]

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Both the Government and the private sector must harness the transformative potential of data

Both the Government and the private sector must harness the transformative potential of data

The Royal Statistical Society recently released their Data Manifesto focussing on the potential of data to improve policy and business practice. Hetan Shah, Executive Director of the Society, makes the case for doing so, arguing also that improving the country’s data and statistical literacy should be a priority. Similar PostsThe progressive ideals behind Open Government Data are […]

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