Leveson and the Royal Charter: an unsatisfactory stalemate
When Lord Justice Leveson published his recommendation that newspapers should operate a system of independent self-regulation, he surely cannot have envisaged the political turmoil, in-fighting, and secret backdoor deals that have resulted. So much for transparency.
Europe on the Brink? Economic, Political, and Constitutional Issues
As an insider with experience of the workings of the EU, I am sure that its institutions can cope with the stresses and strains now being experienced. The EU will emerge stronger from this crisis, as it has from past crises.
Black Swans and Elephants on the Move: Can Emergencies Trigger Welfare State Reform?
An important lesson of history is that to create the conditions for change one must transform unfocused popular support for reform into the sharpened perception of an immediate source of emergency. This is a lesson that modern political managers are wont to forget.
About a century ago in Britain, the opposing forces of capital and labour reached an accommodation in a legal framework that provided a structure within which collective bargaining between employers and unions could flourish.
Some weeks back, in a policy brief prepared for the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, I predicted both the outcome of and a good portion of the reasoning that would serve as the basis for the US Supreme Court's recently issued decision in Boumediene v. Bush.