Political Insight

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December 2012

Volume 3, Issue 3

Pages i–ii, 1–42

  1. Covers

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    2. Covers
    3. Editorial
    4. Full Issue
    5. In the News
    6. Features
    7. Country Focus
    8. Features
    9. Rejoinder
    10. In Focus
    1. Front Cover, Volume 3, Number 3. December 2012 (page i)

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.003c3.x

  2. Editorial

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    7. Country Focus
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    10. In Focus
    1. Editorial (page ii)

      Peter Geoghegan

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00112.x

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      In 1971, a parliamentary working group criticised the speed with which barricades were being put up to separate Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland. However, the Peace Walls Working Group did ‘not expect any insurmountable diffi culty in bringing together well-meaning people from both sides’, and believed that before long, the walls, gates and fences would come down…

  3. Full Issue

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    3. Editorial
    4. Full Issue
    5. In the News
    6. Features
    7. Country Focus
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    10. In Focus
    1. Full Issue (pages 1–42)

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00113.x

  4. In the News

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    1. In the News (pages 2–3)

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00114.x

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      Chinese Incentives; Politics in the Boardroom; Balkan Justice; From Student to Politician.

  5. Features

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    10. In Focus
    1. The Problem with Northern Ireland's Peace Walls (pages 4–7)

      Cathy Gormley-Heenan and Jonny Byrne

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00115.x

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      Despite the successes of the Northern Ireland peace process, many Protestant and Catholic communities are still physically divided from one another. Cathy Gormley-Heenan and Jonny Byrne report on attitudes towards the ‘peace walls’ and assess the prospects for their eventual removal.

    2. The Thick of It: Politics Just for Laughs? (pages 8–11)

      Steven Fielding

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00116.x

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      Since 2005, The Thick of It has delighted viewers with its jokes about Westminster and inventive swearing. But is it nothing more than an amusing take on political life? Or should we be concerned about how it depicts our political representatives?Steven Fielding investigates.

    3. Reforming the House of Lords: Difficult But Not Impossible (pages 12–15)

      Alan Renwick

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00117.x

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      Despite apparent cross-party and public support, Nick Clegg's plans to reform the House of Lords are dead. Alan Renwick examines their demise and asks whether comprehensive Lords reform is ever likely to get off the ground.

  6. Country Focus

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    10. In Focus
    1. Latvia (pages 16–19)

      Daunis Auers

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00118.x

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      During 2008–10 Latvia suffered the largest recession of any industrialised state since the second world war. While the country has since returned to brisk economic growth, fundamental weaknesses in the political system remain unaddressed, writes Daunis Auers.

  7. Features

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    10. In Focus
    1. Which Path for Labour? (pages 20–23)

      Matt Beech and Kevin Hickson

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00119.x

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      In 2010, Labour suffered its second-worst defeat at a general election since 1945. New leader Ed Miliband responded by launching a policy review to establish the party's ideological direction. Matt Beech and Kevin Hickson review the strengths and weaknesses of the main contributions to the debate about Labour's future.

    2. A ‘Global’ Economic Crisis? (pages 24–27)

      Nicola Phillips

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00120.x

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      The term ‘global economic crisis’ is a misleading label for the period through which we are currently living, argues Nicola Phillips. The current crisis has signifi cant global repercussions, but its effects are not being felt equally around the world – particularly in so-called emerging markets.

    3. Avoiding Conflict: Thailand after the Red Shirt Uprising (pages 28–31)

      Kevin Hewison

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00121.x

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      Thailand's 2006 coup unleashed deadly political confl ict as a conservative elite rallied against Thaksin Shinawatra and his red shirt supporters. Further strife was predicted in the wake of Yingluck Shinawatra's 2011 election victory. But, as Kevin Hewison reports, the expected clashes have not yet materialised.

    4. Handing over the Reins of Power: Making Local Democracy Work (pages 32–34)

      Liz Richardson

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00122.x

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      Citizens are often cynical and mistrustful of local democracy. While there have been missed opportunities to transform local politics in the past, local councillors are learning to share power with their communities and can reap big rewards as a result, writes Liz Richardson.

    5. Evidence-based Democracy? The House of Commons’ Evolving Research Capacities (pages 35–37)

      Robert Long and Mark Sandford

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00123.x

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      From select committees to constituency requests, MPs' demands for research have increased dramatically in recent years. As Robert Long and Mark Sandford explain, the Commons Library and select committee staff play a much greater role in generating research for MPs than ever before.

  8. Rejoinder

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    10. In Focus
    1. Interculturalism: For the Era of Globalisation, Cohesion and Diversity (pages 38–41)

      Ted Cantle

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00124.x

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      In the April edition of Political Insight, Nasar Meer and Tariq Modood argued that multiculturalism provides the best approach for managing diverse societies. Here, Ted Cantle says that it is interculturalism that offers the only effective framework for diversity in an increasingly globalised world.

  9. In Focus

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    1. Mapping Britain's Super-rich (page 42)

      Benjamin D. Hennig and Danny Dorling

      Article first published online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.2041-9066.2012.00125.x

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      Benjamin D. Hennig and Danny Dorling plot the geography of the top 1% of the wealthiest 1% in the UK.

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