Category Archives: localism

Las Vegas as the UK’s post Brexit business model is a bad idea, here is why.

Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs[1] (IEA), argues in a Financial Times article that a post Brexit UK should emulate Las Vegas.[2] Like many tourists, Mr Littlewood appears to have been seduced by the city’s bright … Continue reading

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No time for history? Take a video tour of a County Record Office

  In a previous blog, on Jimmy Savile and the Shaw report  I mentioned the need to visit the County Record Office to know how our collective memory was stored.  For many people, this may prove difficult because of the … Continue reading

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Can you measure democracy by its freedom of information? Four hypothesis in search of answers

What is the relationship between FOIA’s age and its acceptance and use?  I have thought that there may be a resistance to FOIA in the UK for the following institutional and cultural reasons. If these hypotheses are true, then the … Continue reading

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A powerful story of why government good intentions can fail

lawrence serewicz (@lldzne) has shared a Tweet with you:  “TheEconomist: A new film takes a look at why the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis failed http://t.co/mlpkVylc” –http://twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/125511829412777985 I recommend this story, but also the academic article it is based … Continue reading

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Social media and the political regime: the rise of republicanism?

What effect does social media have on the political regime? Are some countries better at adapting social media than others because of their political culture? The argument, in brief, is that the UK’s parliamentary sovereignty creates an institutional limit on … Continue reading

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