Blog from Annual Lecture: Will Self on the End of Champagne Socialism

Tessa Coombes, University of Bristol @policytessa The Policy and Politics Annual Lecture this year was delivered by Will Self. The theme of the lecture was ‘the end of champagne socialism’ and was presented as a mixture of personal reflections, concerns and challenges, all seeking to highlight the mess that Will believes politics has seemingly descended … Continue reading Blog from Annual Lecture: Will Self on the End of Champagne Socialism

Devolution to English cities is not sustainable without greater transparency and legitimacy in decision making

by Sarah Ayres, Chair, Political Studies Research Commission, Examine the role of ‘informal governance’ on devolution to England’s cities That is the conclusion of the Political Studies Association’s Research Commission to examine the role of ‘informal governance’ on devolution to England’s cities. The Commission is chaired by Dr Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol), Board Member of … Continue reading Devolution to English cities is not sustainable without greater transparency and legitimacy in decision making

Same Sex Marriage and the Church, by Rev. Richard Coles

by Tessa Coombes, University of Bristol The Reverend Richard Coles of Radio 4 and ‘The Communards’ fame, presented this year’s Policy and Politics Annual Lecture, the 21st in the series. The theme of the lecture was same sex marriage and the church, delivered by the Reverend as a ‘ramble down memory lane’ and very much … Continue reading Same Sex Marriage and the Church, by Rev. Richard Coles

Can democracy survive?

by Tessa Coombes, PhD Researcher at Bristol University For the final plenary session of the conference Prof. Andrew Gamble, from Cambridge University, took us back to the issue of democracy and its ability to survive and even thrive. We were reminded that for the first time in the modern state system authoritarian regimes are in retreat … Continue reading Can democracy survive?

The human cost of inequality

by Tessa Coombes, guest blogger for P&P conference 2015 The second day of the conference started with an excellent presentation from Prof. Kate Pickett, from the University of York. Kate co-authored the influential book “The Spirit Level” which provided evidence to illustrate how almost everything is affected not by how wealthy a society is but … Continue reading The human cost of inequality

Why social inequality persists

by Tessa Coombes, guest blogger for P&P Conference 2015. The second plenary session of the Policy and Politics Annual Conference was delivered by Prof. Danny Dorling, who provided a shocking and somewhat scary analysis of the increasing levels of inequality in the UK. The big question for us all to consider is why there is no … Continue reading Why social inequality persists

Democracy without the state

by Tessa Coombes, guest blogger for P&P Conference 2015. The Policy and Politics Annual Conference 2015 kicked off with a fascinating challenge to our thinking about democracy and the state. Mark Purcell, from the University of Washington, took us on a philosophical journey of discovery about the true meaning of the word democracy, concluding with … Continue reading Democracy without the state

Video of the Annual Lecture now available

We were delighted to welcome Lord Anthony Giddens on 17th March 2015 to speak on The Politics of Climate Change. The event was fully booked some weeks beforehand and the Great Hall was packed on the night. Lord Giddens did not disappoint in presenting a clear and pressing case for the need for urgent action … Continue reading Video of the Annual Lecture now available

Time for a radical new paradigm to help us address climate change

by Tessa Coombes Lord Anthony Giddens presented the Policy and Politics Annual Lecture, in Bristol, on Tuesday 17th March. The theme of the lecture was to consider what recent progress has been made on climate change and what stops us doing more. Lord Giddens concluded his lecture with a proposal for the need for a … Continue reading Time for a radical new paradigm to help us address climate change