Where to Next for Welfare?

Within a few minutes of Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation as Work and Pensions Secretary, the presiding general consensus seemed to be that…

Posted by demos on March 21st, 2016

The Social Media Spotlight

In 1991, Rodney King, a young black man, was brutally beaten by LA police following a high speed car chase, and the…

Posted by demos on March 18th, 2016

Holding Up a Mirror on the Cost of Benefits Fraud

On Sunday, the Observer published statistics which suggested over 85 per cent of the calls to the Government’s benefits fraud hotline…

Posted by demos on March 1st, 2016

Analysing Elections through Social Media Data: Why we Should Care

Over the past 60 years, national elections have become a topic of keen interest for political scientists all over the world. This…

Posted by demos on February 22nd, 2016

A Look Back at the Future of Think Tanks

A few weeks ago, I attended a rather hastily convened roundtable at the European Council for Foreign Relations, to mark the…

Posted by demos on February 19th, 2016

An Open Conversation on Esol

In light of substantial cuts to Esol funding over the last five years, David Cameron’s commitment yesterday to providing an additional £20…

Posted by demos on January 19th, 2016

The Commission on Inequality in Education

This week saw the launch of the Commission on Inequality in Education, with a speech given by its Chair Nick…

Posted by Events on January 15th, 2016

The return of the social

In the public outpouring of (genuine) grief upon the loss of David Bowie yesterday, you could be excused for missing an Posted by Events on January 12th, 2016

Public services, brought to you by…?

While the commentariat has been focused on the strife wracking the Labour Party, the government have been quietly completing the second phase…

Posted by Events on January 8th, 2016

Unlocking Digital Democracy in the EU

It’s become a truism that digital revolution is changing politics: and it is, of course. But few research groups have tried to…

Posted by demos on December 22nd, 2015

The Year in Ideas: Pre-Distribution

On any measure it has been a big political year, from David Cameron’s surprise majority to Jeremy Corbyn’s remarkable insurgency. But what…

Posted by demos on December 9th, 2015

Populism Won’t Solve the Migration Crisis

As Europe comes to grips with the horror of the Paris attacks, one group, more than any other, is exposed the brunt…

Posted by demos on November 27th, 2015

The Anti-Social Network

On the question of multiculturalism and integration – despite some superficial differences – I think both the Labour and Conservative parties have…

Posted by demos on November 20th, 2015

Postcard from Sarajevo: Reflections on the New Era for Think Tanks

I was fortunate recently to attend the International Workshop for Managers of Research Organisations in the Western Balkans and the EU

Posted by demos on November 16th, 2015

Support for Immigration can’t be Bought

A number of ideas have been mooted in the last few years to try to tackle rising concerns over immigration. The Conservatives…

Posted by demos on November 13th, 2015

A New Vision for Welfare-to-Work

While public debate is focused on cuts to tax credits, and whether their staged introduction and move to National Living Wage will…

Posted by demos on November 2nd, 2015

The Silent Third Partner on Apprenticeships

Last week, the Chief Inspector of schools delivered what he called a ‘shot across the bow’ of the Government over apprenticeships. There…

Posted by demos on October 29th, 2015

Five Questions on the new Right-to-Buy

In his speech yesterday, the Prime Minister suggested more people owning their own homes should be a measure of his Government’s…

Posted by demos on October 8th, 2015

The Upside to the Downsize

Lynda Blackwell of the Financial Conduct Authority, the UK’s financial markets regulator, came under fire last week for describing Britain as having…

Posted by demos on October 1st, 2015

Family Matters

Welfare reform dominated the Chancellor’s Summer Budget, and one of the most significant areas pinpointed for an overhaul is Child Tax Credit…

Posted by demos on September 30th, 2015