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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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The Labour leadership is evidently never going to accept that pre-crash overspending was responsible for the deficit, and with good reason. Under Labour, the UK entered the recession with a structural current deficit of only 0.6 per cent of GDP. … Continue reading

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The government has today announced the next steps in its civil service reform programme. This is an area of public policy of genuine interest only to a select few, namely ministers, their senior civil servants themselves, and a smallish band … Continue reading

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Dear Jo, Congratulations on being appointed head of the No10 Policy Unit by the prime minister. I’m sure you’ve received a lot of unsolicited advice in the last week or so, and doubtless much of it has been unhelpful. I … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband made waves last week with his plan to bring back the 10p rate of income tax, funded by a mansion tax. Most political commentators liked it: it was a genuine surprise, sowed division in the Coalition, and got … Continue reading

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Picking through the detritus of twitterings and commentary on The Speech, I came across the remarkable book-length essay, The Left Against Europe, penned in 1972 by Tom Nairn, the redoubtable Scottish new left thinker. Although its Marxian analytical framework is … Continue reading

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A very happy Xmas to readers of this blog! As is customary at this time of year, I’ve put together a few thoughts on books and journals that I have found particularly interesting in 2012.

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The Great Moving Right Show was the title of Stuart Hall’s celebrated essay on the rise of the radical New Right, published in January 1979 as Britain’s post-war settlement began finally to collapse and Thatcherism emerged as a potent new … Continue reading

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Historically, deep economic crises have tended to manifest themselves in ideological and political disruptions and paradigm shifts.

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I’m away for a summer break, so I thought I’d sign out from this blog for a couple of weeks with some holiday reading tips. 

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