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Thursday 6th October 2011

Banking Regulation and the Financial Crisis

Description
The current financial crisis started in the Autumn of 2008, and is only the last one of the many that have followed the banking deregulation of the mid-1980s. It has been a rolling financial crisis moving from economy to economy. Governments and bank regulators have tried to understand the role of financial markets in this process and are trying to improve financial stability.
Date:
Thursday 6th October 2011
Categories:
Arts and Law, Research
Tuesday 23rd August 2011

After Gaddafi – three questions for Libya and one on the region

Description
As Colonel Gaddafi's 42 years in charge of Libya draw to a seemingly climactic end – the dramatic scenes in Tripolil leave a series of questions that need to be urgently answered.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd August 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Friday 15th July 2011

Adult social care is fundamentally broken

Description
In 2010, the former Prime Minister published a review of adult social care in which the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) argued that the system was fundamentally broken. A year on and very little has changed to alter our pessimistic assessment. Indeed in recent weeks, this diagnosis has been reconfirmed by a number of inter-related developments, including:
Date:
Friday 15th July 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences

Changing behaviour and debating social values? What's the role of education in the 'big society'?

Description
The much-touted phrase 'from nanny to nudge' symbolises the Coalition Government's aspirations to find new ways to shape the habits and attitudes of good citizenship and to spread them more widely. Policy makers hope to change our expectations of what local and national government should provide, our ideas about who might provide them, and our commitment to changing our own and others' behaviours in all areas of our lives.
Date:
Friday 15th July 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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