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Agenda for Change – Local Government and Public Services in Wales

There are only a few days left to respond to the Welsh Government’s consultation on its proposals for the reform of local government in Wales. Whilst the the title of the White paper focuses on local government, ‘Reforming Local Government: … Continue reading

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Is Bangladesh descending into lawlessness?

Contributed by Dr Palash Kamruzzaman, Research Fellow, University of South Wales This piece first appeared in The Conversation, 30th November, 2015 An Italian priest has been wounded by gunmen in Bangladesh, the latest in a wave of attacks on foreigners … Continue reading

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Thailand Flood Hacks. Plastic Bottles, Expatiation and Innovation

Contributed by Chris Bolton from the Good Practice Exchange, Wales Audit Office Everything is wrong with this picture. There is no cat I’ve ever known that would permit me (or anyone else) to: Put a vest on it, Sew plastic … Continue reading

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Disability, Well-Being, and False Consciousness: Conflicting Approaches to Rationality and Reasonableness in Moral Discourse and Promoting the Social Model of Disability

Summary of argument Broadly speaking, two approaches to rationality and reasonableness in moral discourse, can be found in recommendations for radical political change. These approaches reflect conflicts between analytical and continental philosophy and their different interpretations of ‘false consciousness’ (i.e. … Continue reading

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Local Government in Wales – Services and not Structures

The structure of local government in Wales is once again on the agenda and there is talk about the existing 22 councils and whether they need to be re-organised. This topic goes back a long way, possibly starting shortly after … Continue reading

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Who Governs our Schools?

The governance of our schools and our children’s education has been under the spotlight over the last month, as Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced proposals to alter the current system.   It is pleasing that the new Education Minister has … Continue reading

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What next for local government in Wales?

Now that the re-organisation of local authorities has been put on hold with the election of the new government in Wales, where next for local government? In the previous Welsh government, it was felt that structural reform was necessary to … Continue reading

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Governing Public Services in England and wales: A Move from the Stakeholder Model Could further the Democratic Deficit

This blog entry was first published by the LSE Policy and Politics Blog – http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/51885-2/?utm_content=buffer94b1b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer   A great deal of attention is given to roles of both Chief Executives and members of the Senior Management Team in many organisations, yet the work … Continue reading

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Well-Being and Six Features of the Human Condition

Introduction The concept of well-being is very slippery having many different meanings and applications. Moreover, with politicians and governments increasingly using it as an adjudicating value for how policies should be formulated and implemented (including, most recently, the Welsh Government’s … Continue reading

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A Swing to the Left for Labour

A big change has happened for the Labour party with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the UK party. Clearly, the ideological space that he is taking the party into is the left of the political spectrum … Continue reading

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