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.

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.

Fighting corruption for profit

by Jason Sharman

A procession of corruption scandals making the headlines around the world may be a good thing: they signal the public is less and less inclined to tolerate high-level graft. Yet despite the introduction of tough new legislation, the vast majority of corrupt officials, many of them in high office, get away with their crimes. Distasteful as it may sound to some, outsourcing the fight against corruption to private agencies may prove the most effective solution.

24 hours at the Public Policy Hospital

by Dennis Grube

For governments, 2017 will be the year that finally confirms that public policy is no esoteric science. It’s a dirty, hands-on, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of business that is inextricably bound together with the wider forces of politics. Where politics leads, policy will follow. In the process, some of the cherished beliefs of public policy from the past few decades will find themselves under extraordinary attack. To paraphrase Bette Davis - paradigm change is no place for sissies.