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Articles from No. 40, Winter

Darzi & Co: Corporate Capture in the NHS
Patient choice in the NHS has been little more than a cover for the drive to privatisationThe special relationship between Britain and the US is evident in many spheres, and can now even be seen in the NHS. The results of the two countries' collaborative...
From Economic Revolution to Social Revolution
Oliver Letwin talks to Alan FinlaysonConservatism has become interesting again. Something serious is happening to it. 1 want to begin by asking you what is Conservatism today?Well, there is a recognisable Conservative way of thinking about things. Part...
Left Politics Down Under
Can the Australian left achieve real progress with the return of Labor to power after eleven years in the wilderness?Months after the November 2007 federal election you can still smell the political optimism in the air, following the victory of the Australian...
Reimagining the Facts of Life
What is most revolutionary about IVF is the way in which it has become so unremarkable.The world's first 'test-tube' baby was bom at Oldham General Infirmary in July 1978 - an event that is rightly regarded as a landmark in the history of biomédical...
Revitalising Europe
The European Union has a crucial part to play in the reshaping of global political economy.Since the early 1990s the case for Europe has run out of steam. Peace and general prosperity have seemed secure; and glib presentations of globalisation suggest...
Sex, Slaves and Citizens: The Politics of Anti-Trafficking
A focus on the evils of trafficking is a way of depoliticising the debate on migration.Trafficking is in the news. It is on the political agenda, both nationally and internationally. Thousands of individuals, hundreds of groups, dozens of newspapers...
Social Life and Market Failure
Recently Soundings has been seeking to understand the success of the Tories in their call for the mending of society (see Is the Future Conservative?, www.lwbooks. co.uk/ebooks/ebooks.html). One thing that has emerged clearly in the debate is the thinness...
Taming the Finance Markets
The credit crisis can only be solved by a much more radical approach.The world is now faced by a terrifying prospect: large-scale, systemic and long-term economic failure of a liberalised, highly integrated economy. This crisis has been caused by the...
The Law and Order Trap
Contemporary popular discourses on crime continuously feed an authoritarian law and order agendaLaw and order has been central to the New Labour project from the outset. The template for all the subsequent Clause 4 moments that transformed the electoral...
The Low Carbon Light at the End of the Tunnel
A green strategy for tackling the economic and credit crisis.The Green New Deal is a strategic initative that seeks to tackle problems of climate change and the economy in an interdependent way. It can perhaps be seen as a modern version of the politics...
The Rise of the Service User
Are some service users more equal than others?This article is written from two perspectives - that of Sally Baker, who has been a long-term 'mental health service user', with bipolar disorder, and that of Hefin Gwilym, a former social worker in mental...
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