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The Future of British Foreign Policy

For a small island country located off the coast of Europe, Britain has been a central player in international affairs for a longer period of time than most other countries in the world. Britain’s rise to global influence was shaped … Continue reading

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Localism and Equality

An important element in the Coalition Government’s platform, the Localism Agenda is based on four main strands: 1.    New freedoms and flexibility for local government; 2.    New rights and powers for local communities; 3.    Reform to make the planning system … Continue reading

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Performing governance

I have spent recent years researching various aspects of collaboration in public and social policy and have been struck by a number of observations which seem puzzling. Partnership, collaboration, integration (or whatever we currently call it) seems to continue to … Continue reading

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Housing: Bricks or Bubbles?

No longer seen as ‘safe as houses’, there has been a recognition following the financial crisis, that the housing market is inextricably linked to the health of the wider economy.  When the bubble bursts for housing, the effects are felt widely.  … Continue reading

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Impact of Planning Circular 1/06 on Gypsy and Traveller Site Provision

Over the past five years I have undertaken research on the impact of planning guidance Circular 1/06 on site provision for Gypsies and Travellers.  This blog summary outlines the key findings and recommendations in a fuller research report, which examined the … Continue reading

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Getting in touch with your practice

 For the seasoned observer of public policy, it is perhaps surprising to open any discussion with such a radical admission that we know very little of the everyday practices, routines and activities of policymakers.[1] You might expect policy analysts and … Continue reading

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If you’re happy and you know it….

The movement Action for Happiness launched earlier this week with members buying cups of coffee for strangers and giving out ‘free hugs’.  With 4,500 initial members across 60 countries it has big aims to become a mass global movement.  Anthony … Continue reading

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More bang for your green buck: green income generation for local government

The outlook for the public sector at the end of 2010 was not good: the UK has slid into a serious recession, which combined with the banking crisis, has led to a budgetary crisis in the public finances not seen … Continue reading

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Alistair Campbell talks to the DMU Politics Society

Alistair Campbell came to De Montfort University last week to talk to the Politics Society.  He was keen to promote the latest edition of his Diaries (1997-1999) as well as two novels – both of which have been nominated on separate … Continue reading

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Opening up politics: diversity in representation

Despite some progress over the last thirty years, following the 2010 General Election, national politics remains highly unrepresentative of the population with only 22 per cent of MPs are women and 4 per cent from an ethnic minority.  The ‘archetype’ of a politician … Continue reading

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