Soundings

Articles from No. 40, Winter

Australian Insights
David McKnight, Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture Wars, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 2005 Eric Aarons, Market versus Nature: The Social Philosophy of Friedrich Hayek, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne 2008 Australian...
Darzi & Co: Corporate Capture in the NHS: Patient Choice in the NHS Has Been Little More Than a Cover for the Drive to Privatisation
The 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 commitment to the market are currently working their way through the health service,...
From Economic Revolution to Social Revolution
Conservatism has become interesting again. Something serious is happening to it. I want to begin by asking you what is Conservatism today? Well, there is a recognisable Conservative way of thinking about things. Part of it is a disposition in...
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 Labor Party, led by the former diplomat and Queensland public servant Kevin Rudd and supported by a union-led...
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 born at Oldham General Infirmary in July 1978 - an event that is rightly regarded as a landmark in the history of biomedical science. This was a crucial moment in the reproductive revolution, which was itself...
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 that the European Union is an inward-looking protectionist bloc, superfluous to the...
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 are determined to stamp it out. This focus on trafficking consistently reflects and...
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...
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 bursting of a massive bubble of privately created credit, issued...
The Law and Order Trap: Contemporary Popular Discourses on Crime Continuously Feed an Authoritarian Law and Order Agenda
Law 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 frog of Old Labour into the triumphant New Labour prince of 1997 was Tony Blair's successful...
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 of hope and pragmatism shown by Roosevelt in the 1930s,...
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 health. (1) Both of us have experienced...
The Sakhalin Saga
In early autumn 2006 the Western media carried headlines proclaiming that Shell and its Japanese partners in the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (hereafter Sakhalin Energy) were victims of a Kremlin-orchestrated campaign to seize control of the...
Weighing Transition Towns in the Carbon Balance
Rob Hopkins, The Transition Town Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience, Green Books 2008 People often accuse the Greens of being nostalgic - wanting to 'go back to the horse and cart'. But for me it is more a question of hiraeth than...
Whose Personalisation?
Social care insiders have often presented their field as a Cinderella, living in the shadow of a big-bucks, high-profile NHS. But this seemed to change in 2008. Suddenly there was a new interest in social care. It was getting attention in Whitehall,...
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