The Emergence of Globalism

by Or Rosenboim

The rise of nationalist politicians in the United States and Europe has put the idea of 'globalism' at the forefront of contemporary political debate, but the term's meaning is not always easy to fathom. In her new book, The Emergence of Globalism, Or Rosenboim explores how public intellectuals in the 1940s developed new visions of global order and helped lay the intellectual foundations for the post-war world. Imperial decline, rapid technological change and the desire for democratic renewal fuelled a wide-ranging interest in models of political integration. Studying mid-century thinkers such as Lionel Curtis, Owen Lattimore and Barbara Wootton sheds new light on how we might use 'globalism' as a political category to analyse the present.

‘English Votes for English Laws’ won’t worry the new government - but the West Lothian question may well do

by Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny

Following the election result some pundits have suggested that English votes for English laws might be an obstacle to the government, given its reliance on support from non-English MPs, whilst others have suggested the procedures might provide the government with an enhanced English majority. In this post Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny explain that neither of these possibilities is likely to occur. However, the territorial balance of the new Commons could cause the West Lothian question to come back to the fore – though not solely in relation to England.

An Article a Day: 12 June 2017

by Maha Rafi Atal

Reactions to the election and predictions for the way forward, as well as a long look at Russian politics, a profile of Chelsea Manning, and a sobering assessment of the gadgets that govern our lives. 

An Article a Day: 5 June 2017

by Maha Rafi Atal

As we get ready for Thursday's election, we're reading up on the history of the Daily Mail, what the UK government actually does and how it pays for it, and what those elusive young voters actually want from their representatives. Plus, Brazil's ongoing corruption scandal, and a controversial take on race and class in France.

What We’re Reading

by Maha Rafi Atal

A bank holiday Monday means a Tuesday roundup of links for the short week. Here's what we've been chewing over at ITLR headquarters: Mitch Landrieu on race and historical memory, Martha Nussbaum on the danger of anger in democratic politics, Tim O'Reilly on the difference between jobs and work, and the Russian crime gang stealing California's almonds, pistachios and walnuts.

Looking for the Liberalism of the ‘left-behind’

by Peter Sloman

The British party system is a tough old beast, but as the UK prepares to head to the polls for its third major national vote in three years, there are signs that the tectonic plates of political identity are finally shifting. The Liberal Democrats have been quick to position themselves as the voice of disgruntled Remainers, but Peter Sloman points out that there has always been another side of the Liberal heritage -- the deep vein of liberal populism that has been the foundation of the party's support in Scotland, Wales, and the West Country. If Labour and the Liberal Democrats are to regain ground in the wake of the Brexit vote, they will need to reach beyond the cosmopolitan cities and find new ways of connecting with the provincial culture of the Celtic fringe.

An Article a Day…

by Maha Rafi Atal

​Starting this week, In The Long Run is introducing a new feature. Every Monday, we'll highlight the 5 best articles, videos and images about politics and current affairs from across the web. That's one for each day of your working week!

The political consequences of privatising asylum

by Jonathan Darling

In March 2012, the UK government signed six contracts for the provision of accommodation for asylum seekers and their families. These contracts mark the latest phase in a process of accommodation termed ‘dispersal’ that has, since the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act, provided housing on a ‘no choice’ basis to asylum seekers across Britain. The contracts signed in 2012 became collectively known as COMPASS (Commercial and Operating Managers Procuring Asylum Support), and marked a significant shift in the landscape of asylum support. The COMPASS contracts transferred accommodation provision from a mixture of consortiums of local authorities, social housing associations and private providers, to just three private contractors - the multinational security services company G4S, the international services company Serco, and the accommodation partnership Clearel.

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