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Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century, is attracting considerable attention, on both sides of the Atlantic. It has a striking central thesis, namely that historically the rate of return on assets has been consistently higher than the rate … Continue reading

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Last night I gave a lecture at Warwick University on political leadership in a ‘post-democratic’ age. I take Max Weber’s famous lecture, Politik als Beruf, as a starting point for discussing how we should think about political leadership in contemporary … Continue reading

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As people head off for the holidays, here are a few suggestions for your reading list. My favourite book review of the year was by Andrew Adonis on Philip Short’s Mitterrand: a Study in Ambiguity. Mitterand’s dominance of French politics … Continue reading

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This week, IPPR has launched the interim report of its flagship Condition of Britain study. Back in the mid-1990s, IPPR ran the Commission on Social Justice, whose report was very influential in shaping the social policy thinking of the Labour … Continue reading

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Yesterday, the Harvard theorist Roberto Mangabeira Unger gave a remarkable talk at IPPR’s London offices. Unger’s central ambition is ‘the raising of ordinary men and women to a greater life’, as he put it: the constant, ceaseless work of innovation, … Continue reading

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This morning the new rates for the Living Wage in London and the rest of the UK are announced, kicking off Living Wage Week. Meanwhile, the CBI’s annual conference gets underway at the London Hilton. One is for the bosses, … Continue reading

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Until now, Dominic Cummings has been little known outside Westminster, where he is spoken of as a brilliant, mercurial and Svengali-like special adviser to Michael Gove. But the engineered leak of his departing advice to his minister – an extended … Continue reading

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Although the media only really woke up to the populist dimensions of Ed Miliband’s One Nation approach this week, it has been a part of his political armoury for some time. The discursive construction of ‘the people’ versus powerful vested … Continue reading

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I have co-authored the chapter on attitudes to government and social security in this year’s British Social Attitudes 30 survey. You can find all the data at NatCen’s excellent interactive website.

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In 2015, the general election will be fought without clear spending plans set beyond the first fiscal year, as it was in 2010. There will be one key difference, however: the Office of Budget Responsibility will set out five-year fiscal … Continue reading

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