Squaring the Circle

There are no good elections to lose – but some are better than others to win, writes Demos' Research Director, Duncan O'Leary. 

There are no good elections to lose – but some are better than others to win. Yesterday demonstrated both sides of the equation. In his Mansion House speech, the Chancellor announced new fiscal rules designed to bind the hands of governments to deliver surpluses ‘in normal times’. This Andrew Lilico article describes why reducing debt/GDP levels matters, while the chart in this piece demonstrates just how rare annual surpluses are in reality. The real impact will be politic...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 11 Jun 2015
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Evidence Gaps Holding Back Progress on Bullying

We lack an an in-depth understanding of the best combination of educational techniques to truly tackle bullying in schools, writes Demos intern Lucy James.

Bullying is becoming increasingly prominent in the UK education agenda, spurred on by the recognition of the lasting psychological damage that peer maltreatment has on young people. The Department for Education has given financial backing to a number of different anti-bullying initiatives, but significant gaps still remain in the institutional understanding of which approaches really work in preventing its negative long-term effects. If progress is to be made, more work needs to be done to bu...

Posted by Lucy James on 08 Jun 2015
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Why are British Indians more successful than Pakistanis?

Dr Richard Norrie, a lead researcher and analyst on the Demos Integration Hub, reflects on the divergent paths of social mobility between the British Indian and Pakistani c

Just under 60 per cent of British Pakistanis are living in relative poverty, while for Indians the figure is closer to 25 per cent. Indians are better represented in the top jobs than even the White British, while Pakistanis are significantly underrepresented. 12 per cent of doctors are Indian, while many Pakistanis are clustered in low-skilled professions; indeed, one study found as many as one quarter of Pakistani men drove taxis.  The divergence between the social mobility of the Ind...

Posted by Dr Richard Norrie on 04 Jun 2015
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Rethinking NIMBYism

Researcher Charlie Cadywould explores whether financial compensation may stem local opposition to new energy and housing developments.

Amber Rudd, the new Energy Secretary, has set out her plans to fulfil the Conservatives’ manifesto commitment to end subsidies for onshore wind, and to give local communities the final say on new windfarm applications. Rudd, a junior Energy Minister in the last government under Lib Dem Ed Davey, is seen by many as a moderniser within the Conservative Party on climate change, compared to notable sceptics such as Owen Paterson. The new Government’s approach to give local authoritie...

Posted by Charlie Cadywould on 22 May 2015
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Demos Integration Hub Launches

The ground-breaking new online Demos Integration Hub has been launched, bringing together cutting-edge research and statistics on ethno-cultural integration and segregation in modern Britain.

Drawing on data from a wide range of public sources and leading independent research, the Hub provides a data-driven picture of the nation’s changing social and ethnic fabric, to encourage a more evidence-led debate about the integration and segregation of ethnic minorities, and the openness and cohesion of British society. The Integration Hub reveals a varied picture of modern Britain, in which many minority groups are benefiting from rapid upward social mobility, and others continue ...

Posted by Sophie Gaston on 21 May 2015
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The Tory To-Do List

Our Research Director, Duncan O'Leary, sizes up Cameron's new Government - and the big tasks ahead.

 If last week’s election results were a victory for small ‘c’ conservatism, so too was David Cameron’s first reshuffle of the new parliament. The immediate message was one of stability and continuity as the Prime Minister quickly reinstated key figures to the posts they held before the election. This belief in continuity is one of David Cameron’s strengths as a Prime Minister. For someone frequently derided as a ‘PR man’, he rarely succumbs to r...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 12 May 2015
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Welcome to Demos' 2015 Election Blog

Demos and our Centre for the Analysis of Social Media cover the 2015 General Election in real-time.

THE MORNING AFTER We saw an enormous amount of social media activity throughout the 2015 Election campaign, and here at Demos, it’s been fascinating to be able to monitor and explore it all over the past few months. The question has been asked many times: was this ‘the Social Media Election’? Looking at how strongly Labour was represented in the digital campaign, and the noise generated by its MPs and supporters, it may feel difficult to see the immediate relevance between...

Posted by on 06 May 2015
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Mili-Brand Not Such a Joke After All

Researcher Charlie Cadywould explains why the 'Mili-Brand' meeting is far from a joke.

Ever since Miliband was snapped outside Russell Brand’s home, there has been much furore at the sight of the Leader of the Opposition holding an audience with the man who says “don’t vote”. It is likely that Miliband’s visit intended to help is chances of persuading more young people to engage with the Election, but it was a gamble for a number of reasons. Not least of all, Brand has positioned himself as an anti-establishment crusader who would rather encourage...

Posted by Charlie Cadywould on 29 Apr 2015
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Labour and Conservatives Converge on Immigration

We compare Labour's 10-point plan for immigration with the policies set out in the Conservatives' 2015 General Election Manifesto.

Today, the Labour Party announced its 10-point plan for immigration, which includes tough new measures on people entering and leaving the country, and rules on the provision of benefits and to prevent the undercutting of British wages. We had a look at how these compare to the Conservatives’ own plans for immigration, as set out in their Election Manifesto – in doing so, we found a high level of convergence in the parties’ policy platforms: 1. Labour Plan: Recruiting an add...

Posted by Louis Reynolds on 28 Apr 2015
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The World Beyond

The 2015 General Election campaign has largely focused on the domestic sphere - until now. Sophie Gaston explores how the parties have been forced to look outwards.

In an election campaign unique for its distinct lack of foreign policy debate, last Friday marked a distinct shift of gear. For the most part, candidates’ attentions over the past few months have been much more firmly focused at home – not just because domestic policies inevitably, and understandably, tend to occupy a larger space in voters’ minds, but also reflecting the legacy of last year’s Scottish Independent Referendum, which has reignited a previously dormant in...

Posted by Sophie Gaston on 27 Apr 2015
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