The Political Quarterly is pleased to present our first virtual issue, a foray into the depths of our archives, and a new venture where we examine a theme at close quarters via articles written for the journal over the last eighty years. The founding of The Political Quarterly in 1930 by Leonard Woolf, Kingsley Martin and William Robson created a space for academics and non-academics alike to write about issues of the day that concerned them. It quickly became a vessel for high-quality writing in good, clear English, and which now provides us with a valuable source of archive material for readers in the 21st century. Following on from the recent digitisation of the journal, we are pleased to be able to share many of these articles with a new audience and this first virtual issue charts the rise of Fascism and Totalitarianism in the 1930s.
Marc Chagall mural Krakow
You can read the full introduction here and explore the many articles from Leonard Woolf, Leon Trotsky, Carl Joachim Friedrich, Benito Mussolini, Harold Laswell, Elizabeth Wiskeman, Ernst Toller, H R G Greaves, Freda Utley, "Miles", "Genevan" and Charles H Wilson. You can access all of the articles here.
4 June, 6.30 - 8.00 pm New Theatre, East Building, LSE
The Political Quarterly are delighted to announce that John Kay will be giving the annual Political Quarterly lecture on 4 June 2013 at LSE. You can find more details here.
The crisis of 2007-8 was a major setback for supporters of a neoliberal economic philosophy: yet in its aftermath neither the political left nor the political right have been able to offer a coherent account of the strengths and limitations of a market economy. This lecture will attempt to fill that gap.
"The debate between Ian Mulheirn and Michael Jacobs, published in Political Quarterly, provides a clear view of the fault lines that are taking shape within the British Labour left; divisions that do not derive simply from differences in tone, attitude or policy detail but which are rooted in fundamentally different conceptions of individuals, societies and government. Only when such differences are fully recognised can Labour properly clear the ground and coordinate a coherent political response to the coalition government. Accordingly, this response is intended to help clarify the ‘shape’ of these differences, indicating something of their origin and highlighting their political and philosophical orientation..." Read the full response here [pdf]
In this Political Quarterly debate held at the Institute for Government on 15 April, Ian Mulheirn and Michael Jacobs discussed whether or not the social market offers the right framework for addressing the big public policy challenges of the day.
Social market theorists argue that public policy should promote the use of market mechanisms, as the most effective means of allocating resources both in the private sector and in many public services. They argue that neither free-market fundamentalism nor statist approaches offer a role for government that will result in either socially acceptable or economically efficient outcomes from the market economy.
But critics argue that the huge number of problems generated by economies today - from the financial crisis to environmental degradation, from growing inequality to the concentration of corporate power - requires a more systemic government role in shaping and constraining market forces. Who is right?
You can watch the debate here
You can read Ian Mulheirn's article here, Michael Jacobs' article here and Ian Mulheirn's reply here.
Please feel free to comment below.
Ian Mulheirn is Director of the Social Market Foundation. Michael Jacobs is Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at University College London and Co-Editor of The Political Quarterly. Chair Polly Toynbee is columnist for the Guardian.
Five energy experts led by Dr David Toke of the
University of Birmingham cast doubt on notions that Westminster would continue
to pay for the achievement of Scottish Governmental renewable energy targets if
Scotland becomes independent. Renewable energy development is a centrepiece of
SNP policy. The Scottish Government has led the way in the pursuit of ambitious
renewable energy objectives, but it is still the case that without the
subsidies paid by electricity consumers in the rest of the UK, the Scottish
Government's ambitious targets for renewable energy would be politically
unachievable. You can download the article free here.
In October 2011, a number of experts from Britain, Northern
Ireland and Ireland gathered to debate theNorthern
Ireland Peace Process in an Age of Austerityat
a roundtable at Birkbeck College, University of London. Contributors to the
roundtable provided articles for a Political Quarterly special issue in early
2012. Articles concentrated on how tougher economic times would affect
dissident Republicanism and Protestant paramilitarism, as well as on the
broader question of how the Peace Process would be affected by government
cutbacks. This was followed by a successful discussion
of the papersby leading Northern
Ireland politicians, journalists and academics at the Political Studies
Association conference in Belfast in April. The general view, with some
dissent, was that many of the dynamics that were driving both the Peace Process
and sectarian violence had a long trajectory, and would not be greatly affected
- for good or ill - by economic austerity.
As we enter 2013, the themes discussed in the special issue
continue to resonate. The tempo of dissident Republican activity remained high
throughout 2012, with numerous successful and foiled attacks. In November,
David Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was shot on the M1, becoming the
first prison officer to be murdered in Northern Ireland in almost 20 years.
Dissident republicans joined forces to form a reconstituted IRA, promising
further attacks in the New Year. Meanwhile, Belfast City Council's decision in
December 2012 to cease flying the Union flag apart from on designated days led
to weeks of rioting by loyalist protesters. Though Unionist politicians
condemned the violence, many supported the aims of the protesters. The violence
reflected a theme of continuing Unionist angst over their demographic, economic
and political decline which began in the dying days of the Stormont period. As
with much else in the province, the vagaries of peace and conflict appear to be
rooted in long-term dynamics.
Details of the special issue can be seen here and you can read four of the articles that came out of the
conference here free:
The Political Quarterly is pleased to let you know that from
2013 you can subscribe to The Political
Quarterly for just £27 a year – or a mere £10 for the online edition.For this you will get four action-packed
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The next issue
of The Political Quarterly will be
out in the New Year. It includes:
debate between Ian Mulheirn and Michael Jacobs on whether we are all social
analysis of the social composition of the Parliamentary Conservative Party in
the wake of ‘plebgate’ and the ‘arrogant posh boys’ accusation
of public attitudes towards the poor and welfare by Peter Taylor-Gooby, and
towards immigration and public trust in politics by Lauren McLaren
Morgan on the left and constitutional reform – from Gladstone to Miliband
Daddow on the shifts in British foreign policy from Blair to Cameron