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From Surge to Sensation: Corbynism and the Unexpected Renaissance of the British Left

CURA director Professor Jonathan Davies reflects on the implications of June’s general election result for the socialist left in the UK. When Jeremy Corbyn was first elected in 2015, I argued that he would only be able to resist the establishment backlash, especially … Continue reading

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Looking (and thinking and acting) beyond Brexit

CURA’s Adam Fishwick offers his thoughts on Brexit, in response to Jonathan Davies’s previous post. Brexit can only be understood as a victory for the Right. The Leave campaign was no anti-establishment revolt. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Ian Duncan Smith, … Continue reading

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Disability and the Bedroom Tax: Discretionary Payments Violate Statutory Rights

The Guardian reported today that the Appeal Court have ruled the Bedroom Tax unlawful with respect to two cases – a victim of domestic violence “A”, and a severely disabled teenager, Warren Todd.   The outcome is an important stepping-stone in … Continue reading

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The Autumn Spending Review: A Political but not an Economic Fix?

After the Government’s spending review on 25th November, I was struck by how experienced political commentators were fumbling to get a grip on the detail of its plans and forecasts. What lies beneath the headlines and soundbytes will become clear with … Continue reading

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After The Corbyn Surge

The election of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour Party leadership is a seismic event in British politics – perhaps even more so than the SNP landslide in May 2015. For the first time, a committed socialist and anti-austerity activist leads the … Continue reading

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Collaborative Governance under Austerity: an 8 Case Comparison

CURA’s first research project is Collaborative Governance under Austerity: An eight-Case comparative Study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The project will run from April 2015 to September 2017 and is exploring austerity governance in eight cities: Athens, Baltimore, Barcelona, Dublin, … Continue reading

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