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Friday 10th February 2012

Challenges to the NHS from 'health tourism' going unrecognised

Description
Since the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, health services in the UK have been funded primarily through general taxation and delivered free at the point of access to individuals. However, recent decades have witnessed an expansion in the global market for health services. This has been manifest in various ways, including an unprecedented increase in the volume of patients willing to traverse national borders for the purposes of receiving medical care.
Date:
Friday 10th February 2012
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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 29th July 2011

Cash or Credit? UK public spending cuts and the IMF

Description
George Osborne has doggedly fought back at critics of the government's austerity strategy, repeating the mantra that sustaining the 'policy credibility' of UK plc with financial markets and investors is the paramount challenge facing this parliament. This week the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been able to draw on an apparent endorsement from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for his agenda of public spending cuts and the Coalition's broader economic policy choices. But is the IMF's 'endorsement' all that the Chancellor makes it out to be?
Date:
Friday 29th July 2011
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
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