How Do We Ensure That Primary Care in the UK Remains in Good Health?

By Professor Robin Miller School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham General practice in the United Kingdom has long had an international reputation as a positive exemplar of primary care. Free at the point of access, funded on basis of population and needs (i.e. not a fee for service), and led by clinicians, our model … Continue reading “How Do We Ensure That Primary Care in the UK Remains in Good Health?”

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Building a Leader: Does What We Want From a Leader Change Over Time?

By Kyle Smith, International Development Department School of Government, University of Birmingham Being a leader is a special thing. People often look up to you for advice, guidance, perspective, experience and expertise, and they hold you to account if you don’t get it right. That all sounds a little complicated for me (and quite high … Continue reading “Building a Leader: Does What We Want From a Leader Change Over Time?”

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Speaking Truth to Power: How Extinction Rebellion have lost their way

By Dr Alex Oaten, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government, University of Birmingham The recent wave of protests organised by the movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) has succeeded in drawing significant attention to the environmental degradation that has become a feature of the modern world. With the government seemingly unwilling to take … Continue reading “Speaking Truth to Power: How Extinction Rebellion have lost their way”

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Leadership Through the Looking Glass: Why Understanding What Leadership Means in Different Contexts Matters

By Professor David Hudson and Dr Claire Mcloughlin, International Development Department School of Government, University of Birmingham Photo credits: Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) march in support of female rights during International Women’s Day in Honiara. Flickr (DFAT, Australia 2011) These are troubling times for those studying the role of leadership in forging developmental progress, … Continue reading “Leadership Through the Looking Glass: Why Understanding What Leadership Means in Different Contexts Matters”

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From Political Backlash to Online Trolling

By Dr Raquel da Silva, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow  School of Government, University of Birmingham ‘Fighting Political Backlash’ is part of the University of Birmingham’s Future of Society festival, hosting a variety of free events from 2-9 November to show how pioneering social, economic and political research impacts on everyday life. When I first heard … Continue reading “From Political Backlash to Online Trolling”

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The 2019 spending review and the implications for the NHS

By Judith Smith, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management Centre School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham The announcement today of a 3.1 percent real-terms increase in the resource budget of the Department for Health and Social Care is a helpful confirmation of funding uplifts promised for by former … Continue reading “The 2019 spending review and the implications for the NHS”

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Media Management: Is Boris Learning Lessons from Trump?

By Christopher Featherstone, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government, University of Birmingham Descriptions of Boris Johnson as a populist abound – there have been comparisons between him and the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Whilst comparisons such as multiple divorces, silly hair and unconventional approaches tell us little … Continue reading “Media Management: Is Boris Learning Lessons from Trump?”

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Tough on crime or just a smokescreen?

By Dr Anna Kotova, Lecturer in Criminology  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham Both the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, recently made headlines by announcing a “tough on crime” approach to tackling criminal offending. Their promises include 10,000 new prison places and tougher sentences for people who committed serious … Continue reading “Tough on crime or just a smokescreen?”

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Penalise the carers; then who cares?

By Dr Joy Fillingham, Service User and Carer Involvement Social Work Programmes School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham As a former carer, hearing how the government are focusing so closely on penalising carers undertaking additional work or study, in relation to their responsibilities, frustrates me in the extreme. Without informal carers, our social care … Continue reading “Penalise the carers; then who cares?”

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