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Wellbeing: An idea whose time has come?

July 8, 2016

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Ian Bache and Louise Reardon examine the recent focus on wellbeing and where it is heading.


The terms ‘wellbeing’ and ‘quality of life’ are frequently utilised as part of political rhetoric. In the recent UK EU referendum campaign for example, UKIP leader Nigel Farage invoked quality of life as a reason to vote leave – and as a way to undermine the economic concerns of those wanting to remain in the EU. For over a decade, David Cameron has spoken of the need to promote GWB (General Wellbeing Being) and not just GDP. At one point he went as far as to say that ‘Improving our society’s sense of well-being is… the central political challenge of our time’. In Cameron’s case, however, engagement with wellbeing has been more than just rhetorical. […]

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The New Normal

June 27, 2016

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iStock_53280524_sunrise-londonSMALLRalph Fevre explores the history behind the Referendum and what next for Britain.

The 2016 EU referendum vote requires a long process of readjustment in British internal politics. For forty years, normal British politics have been about getting a relatively small number of key voters in each constituency to switch from one side to another. Political strategists have assumed these voters share values that happen to make most of them favour staying in the EU. […]

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Liberty, Equality, and Brexit

June 15, 2016

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locke-rousseauIn just ten days time, voters in Britain will decide on whether to remain in the EU. This event is clearly a momentous issue in political economy that will impact the rest the world as well. The question we raise is what does this have to do with liberty and equality? Our answer is everything.
Nicholas Capaldi and Gordon Lloyd explore the issues at stake. […]

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The EU Legitimacy Crisis and the UK Membership Referendum

May 27, 2016

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schweiger-brexit-handsThe public referendum on the future of EU membership in the UK on 23 June is a reflection of the EU’s deepening internal crisis.
Dr Christian Schweiger explores.

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Brexit Debate: Being Part of the European Global Macro-region Could be Vital for British Cities

May 13, 2016

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Brexit enthusiasts argue that to maintain and improve its position in the world economy the UK doesn’t need to be part of the European Union. But research published in Changing Urban and Regional Relations in Europe: Europe as a Global Macro-region paints a different picture.

The two and a half year study* by Kathy Pain and Gilles Van Hamme with academics in the UK, Belgium, France, Italy, Bulgaria and Sweden, identifies for the first time just how functionally interconnected and integrated the European economic space really is. […]

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