Intervening in conflicts

Should governments send weapons or troops to conflicts in other countries? Professor James Pattison compares the ethics of supplying arms with militarily intervention. Western states are less likely to wage major wars in the future. This is for (at least) four reasons. First, despite ongoing conflicts, the world is generally more peaceful. Second, the US’s […]


It’s school not social networks that will get the poor out of poverty

It’s not how mixed our social networks are that’s the key to reducing poverty, it’s broader issues of social isolation and inequality in education we should focus on, argues Nissa Finney. The people that we know – our social networks – have come to be seen as a resource, for social and economic support and […]


Good Cop, Bad Cop – Can a healthcare regulator be both?

Joy Furnival looks at proposed changes to the health watchdog in the UK and asks if the system will work. Last month, Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, announced that the healthcare regulatory and scrutiny bodies, Monitor and the Trust Development Authority (TDA) were to merge into one body, named NHS Improvement, with an […]


Targets? More targets! Even less change and more continuity in the performance regime in Whitehall

Dave Richards, Colin Talbot and Ewan Munro explore target setting in Government. “Everyone has to think of their responsibilities with regard to the dreadful events that happened at the Staffordshire hospital, including the fact that part of the problem was people following a very top-down, target-led agenda which led to patient care being put on […]


Disillusioned and disenfranchised – devolution in Manchester must rekindle local communities

Lois Brown is a year 11 student at Priestnall High School in Stockport. She has just undertaken work experience at IPPR North and has written from her perspective about the challenges facing devolution to the region. Simply devolving to local government is not enough to overcome apathy with politics in Manchester – it needs to […]


Managing new nuclear – What’s new?

Stephen Wearne explores lessons to be learnt from the similarities and the differences between the start of the nuclear power era in the 1950’s and now. The structure of utilities, suppliers and contractors for engineering and constructing new nuclear power stations in the UK today is very different to the structure at the start of […]

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Mind the (nuclear skills) gap

Many workers in the nuclear industry are poised to retire – just as a major new nuclear building programme gets underway. Professor Andrew Gale and Professor Nawal Prinja consider the implications. The nuclear industry is facing a severe skills and technology management shortfall. Five new stations – Oldbury, Sizewell, Moorside, Wylfa and Hinkley – are […]


The End of the Parties?

Colin Talbot asks if we have reached a tipping point where ‘first past the post’ finally fails to hold together the two big coalitions that have dominated British politics for nearly a century ? Could we be seeing the end of the Conservative and Labour Parties? The Tories are having a great summer: an unexpected […]


Welcome to citizenship?

Drawing on research for her book Making Citizens, Bridget Byrne explores how citizenship ceremonies often hear claims that the UK is a welcoming place, in contrast to new citizens’ actual experiences. Citizenship ceremonies have been taking place in the UK for over a decade. They are very common – taking place, often weekly, in cities […]


Are patients interested in pharmaceutical research?

It is important to involve patients and the public in pharmaceutical medicines research and development. Suzanne Parsons and Bella Starling examine who is interested, who is not and why. Involving patients and the public as active partners in their healthcare and in healthcare research has become an increasingly important policy issue in the last two […]