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Beinhocker E.,University of Oxford | Dolphin T.,IPPR
Public Policy Research | Year: 2012

Eric Beinhocker and Tony Dolphin argue that lasting reform to the financial sector will not be achieved without tackling the price rigging and anti-competitive behaviour that is rife in the industry. © 2012 The Authors. Public Policy Research © 2012 IPPR. Source


Parminter K.,IPPR
Public Policy Research | Year: 2010

Kate Parminter and Neil Sherlock discuss the outcome of the 2010 election held in Great Britain. Every commentator also concluded that the historic TV debates would favor Cameron over Brown and therefore further strengthen the Tory position. The campaign just as in 2001 and 2005 would matter for little, the electorate had opted Cameron. The expenses scandal, which dominated much of the pre-election run-up, was bound to hit the larger two parties more simply because they had more MPs who broke the rules. There was very little recognition that Nick Clegg was a consistently strong performer who had found a strong liberal voice on issues like removing the Speaker and recognizing the legitimate claim to UK citizenship of the Gurkhas. The 2010 election and the aftermath have changed British politics. Every election will now have TV debates at the heart of them. Source


Cherti M.,IPPR
Public Policy Research | Year: 2010

Myriam Cherti examines Switzerland's earlier ban on minarets and reviews the immediate national and international reactions. In order to restore confidence among members of the Muslim community, the Swiss government posted a message on its website on the day of the referendum stating that while it would respect and enforce the result, the four existing minarets, the construction of new mosques and the practice of Islam in general in Switzerland would not be affected. The second response demonstrates an interesting development. Many newspapers and polling institutes in Europe and North America have carried out surveys in an attempt to gauge 'what if' the referendum had taken place in their country. The second argument is that when this issue is projected onto a national or even international screen what began as a local question quickly loses all perspective and tends to mutate into a debate about the supposed clash of civilizations. Source


McCarvill P.,IPPR
Public Policy Research | Year: 2010

Phil McCarvill examines the question of whether cuts on this scale can ever be fair. With the assertions it has made about the fairness of its emergency budget and spending review, the Coalition government itself has moved the political. During the early months of the Coalition, fairness emerged as a buzzword among senior ministers keen to reassure the public. Leaving aside the political question of whether or not the Coalition's cuts agenda is ideologically driven, it is clear that there are two real tests of the government's commitment to fairness. The first is in the content and balance of the spending review itself. The financial crisis which engulfed the UK in the 1970s led to a considerable reduction in the number of private and public sector jobs. A central problem is that for those at the local level there is clearly a temptation to cut particular types of services simply because they are perceived to be expendable. Source


Hallgarten J.,IPPR
Public Policy Research | Year: 2011

Joe Hallgarten argues for art as a counterweight to the scientific approach of modern policymaking, and a way to look sideways at the challenges facing our society. Throughout the world, there are continuous attempts to improve policymaking processes. Whether in the focus on basic governance issues in the developing world, or the drafting of precise guidance for civil servants, the sentiment that policymakers could do better grows, regardless of performance. For all their multi-bullet-pointed frameworks, at the fulcrum of these guides lay two central ambitions. The public policy analyst Professor Wayne Parson's sharp critique of the 1999 Cabinet Office guide concluded that it was hard to detect the influence of those approaches which have emerged in more recent years which question the relevance of rational planning and are more concerned about learning, uncertainty, emergence and complexity than forecasting, coordination and control. Source

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