I occasionally suggest articles and books that might interest readers of this blog. Today I’m plugging IPPR’s own oeuvre, as we are having a major sale of paid-for publications. This is the last chance for people to get hold of copies of some of the important and influential reports and books that we have published over the years, and at a bargain 50%-discount price.
I’ve picked a few out that I think people interested in various aspects of public policy might well wish to have on their bookshelves, but check our website for others. (I should add that some of IPPR’s landmark publications, like the report of the Commission on Social Justice, long ago sold-out, but the ones I’m suggesting here are all still available.)
IPPR has long led the way in ideas for public service reform, and Building Better Partnerships – the final report of a commission looking at public private partnerships which caused a huge stir when it was published in 2001 – still has a lot to say to contemporary debates. Likewise our work on Manufacturing in the UK, which set out some very clear and sensible ideas for how this part of our economy could be better supported and developed, long before the financial crisis struck.
IPPR’s major report on the Future of Housing is coming out shortly – a couple of publications from the back catalogue might be of interest to people in the housing field. Housing, Equality and Choice presents some radical ideas of housing reform, while Time for a Land Value Tax? makes a cogent case for a taxation reform that would have profound implications for the UK.
In the late 1980s and 1990s, IPPR led the way in centre-left thinking on childcare, flexible working and gender justice. Latterly, we have sought to show that modern feminist goals can only be achieved if men have more rights and responsibilities. In Daddy Dearest, we argued for new employment rights for fathers and showed how public services could be designed better to promote active fatherhood. On broader family policy, Freedom’s Orphans was the first UK thinktank report to look in depth at ‘the problem of modern youth’ and how transitions to adulthood are changing for better or worse. Anyone interested in understanding last year’s riots should read this report. Thursday’s Child is also worth getting hold of if you are interested in education policy.
IPPR is well known for its pioneering work on migration and there are a couple of reports in this area which I’d recommend. Development on the Move was one of IPPR’s biggest international projects and its final report showed how we really can’t develop sensible migration policy without understanding how important migration is to international development. Closer to home, Beyond Black and White, published back in 2005, used innovative colour maps to show how recent immigrant communities were dispersed around the UK. Though mainly of historic interest now, it would still be of great value for anyone interested in migration and integration issues. It was the first report to demonstrate the arrival of super-diversity in the UK.
The prospect of Scottish independence and its implications for the UK as a whole has hugely enlivened debate over devolution this year. This is territory that IPPR has been investigating for many years and anyone interested in this subject would be well advised to purchase copies of Devolution in Practice – earlier versions of this publication are also available. As Britain changes, it is important also to consider issues of national identity which, in a provocative and interesting way is what The Power of Belonging does.
So please do take this chance to purchase some of these or other titles before it is too late. I should add that our more recent publications are all available free for download from our website and that will be true of all forthcoming reports from IPPR.