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Must politics disappoint?

Must politics disappoint?

"Must Politics Disappoint" defends the place of politics in the 21st century. However, politics, it argues, has not yet adapted to the challenges of the mass democratic age.

In order to curb the disappointment, Meg Russell proposes a new set of principles which...

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Family Fortunes: the new politics of childhood

Family Fortunes: the new politics of childhood

The children's agenda is central to Labour's distinctive vision of government, and can help shift the centre ground of British politics by making a new popular case for state provision.

But the authors in this collection warn that building a genuinely...

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The Best Intentions?

The Best Intentions?

The NHS has always depended on diversity, yet it has not dealt successfully with diversity itself. Britain's leading health and race policymakers set out an agenda for change.

The National Health Service - the most cherished of British public institutions -...

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A New Social Contract: From targets to rights in public services

A New Social Contract: From targets to rights in public services

Public service reform is central to the Government’s domestic agenda. But the political and policy debates have got stuck. The limits of a target driven approach are becoming increasingly clear, while few voters can follow an often technocratic debate on managerial...

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The Making of Europe's Constitution

The Making of Europe's Constitution

Europe’s political leaders are seeking to agree a new Constitution for Europe. This will be the most significant constitutional development in Europe since the Treaty of Rome established theEuropean Economic Community in 1957. But will it make Europe’s institutions more...

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Progressive Globalisation

Progressive Globalisation

Polarised between neo-liberal advocates of free trade on the one hand, and utopian ‘anti-globalisers’ on the other, debates about globalization frequently generate more heat than light. This pamphlet offers an important new approach.

Progressive Globalisation argues for the management of global...

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Communities in Control

Communities in Control

The relationship between citizens and their public services needs to be transformed so that local people have control over their public services. Invoking the spirit of mutualism and co-operation and applying it to public service provision, Blears calls for community...

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Commercialisation or Citizenship

Commercialisation or Citizenship

So far the argument over the role of private firms in the provision of public services has mainly been waged in terms of efficiency. Those in favour of greater involvement have focused on the improvements to service quality and the...

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Completing the Course: Health to 2010

Completing the Course: Health to 2010

Labour has made improving the health service central to its second term programme; yet this has opened more questions than it has answered. There is now a wide ranging debate across all aspects of health policy on how the NHS...

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All's Well that Starts Well: Strategy for children's health

All's Well that Starts Well: Strategy for children's health

Britain is becoming a chronically unfit society. Poverty, lack of school sport, and a poor understanding of nutrition are all contributing to making Britons among the unhealthiest people in Europe. One in five adults are dangerously overweight and the incidence...

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In or Out? Labour and the Euro

In or Out? Labour and the Euro

The euro has been the subject of fierce debate for years. Yet how many Britons can honestly say they understand the issues or have formed a considered view? Now, with the introduction of notes and coins, the euro debate has...

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Getting Attached: New routes to full employment

Getting Attached: New routes to full employment

Full employment is back on the agenda. But whilst Labour has been successful in reducing the overall level of unemployment, we have not yet achieved jobs for all. Pockets of relatively high, long-term unemployment remain across the country. What is...

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