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Southern Discomfort Again
Author: Patrick Diamond & Giles Radice
Date:11 October 2010
The purpose of this Policy Network study, a sequel to the Southern Discomfort series carried out after the 1992 general election defeat, is to address the crippling weakness that Labour faces in Southern England following the 2010 defeat.
Cause for concern? The impact of immigration on political trust
Author: Lauren M. McLaren
Date:20 September 2010
This paper explores the extent to which public concern about immigration affects trust in politicians and political institutions. The study uses the four rounds of the European Social Survey (2002-2009) to explore the relationship between public attitudes to immigration and public attitudes to politicians and political institutions.
Old player, new role? India in a multi-polar world
Author: Priya Shankar
Date:23 June 2010
As a democracy in the developing world and with its breathtaking economic growth, India has emerged as a key player on the international arena. At the same time, many questions surround India's rise and there is a level of uncertainty about the impact this will have on the international system.
What's the story? Nation-building narratives in Australian climate politics
Author: David Hetherington and Tim Soutphommasane
Date:20 April 2010

Climate change politics in Australia has been defined by incendiary rhetoric and increasing public disillusionment. Debate has been slipping into the partisan arena of the “culture wars”. Social democrats can learn from the Australian experience, which underlines the need to move away from cosmopolitan ethics and towards muscular nation-building.

From shrillness to sobriety: pragmatism in climate politics
Author: Michael Lind
Date:19 April 2010

Apathy, disregard and fatigue towards combating climate change are on the rise in the US. Increasing partisan polarisation, high levels of unemployment and uncertainty over what constitutes both a progressive economic and values-based approach to cutting carbon emissions have all contributed to a maladroit and ineffective politics of climate change.

Through a billion voices: India's role in a multi-polar world
Date:18 March 2010

This Foresight reader analyses these issues by comparing the perspectives of Indian and non-Indian authors on three critical global challenges: sustaining economic globalisation; combating terrorism in the South Asian region; and ensuring resource security. 

Migration and the rise of the radical right
Author: Montserrat Guibernau
Date:09 March 2010

In recent years, the popularity of new radical right-wing parties with anti-immigrant platforms has increased across Europe. This paper outlines the complex set of factors that account for this trend and offers a critical evaluation of the way mainstream parties are responding. 

Rethinking climate change strategy for national governments
Author: Stephen Hale
Date:27 February 2010

Copenhagen has been seen by many as a setback for global action on climate change. But in truth it could provoke the rethink that has long been needed. National governments hold the key to our long-term prosperity, acting domestically and in concert with others.  

Needs must: should the environment trump prosperity?
Author: Clive Soley
Date:26 February 2010

The need to reduce carbon emissions while protecting jobs and prosperity is a key challenge for progressive politicians, both practically and ideologically. Using opposition to the third runway at Heathrow as a case-in-point, Clive Soley argues that the adoption of negative policies which impinge on individual choice and quality of life are counter-productive and electorally damaging. 

Regrets, they’ve had a few: where now for climate politics?
Author: Jürgen Krönig
Date:26 February 2010

The Copenhagen fiasco combined with the crisis of credibility afflicting climate science offers progressives a vital opportunity to inject a much needed dose of realism into the politics of climate change.


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