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Government plans will reallocate nursery funding
from poorer to richer children

The government’s grammar schools plans have been covered widely with evidence presented that in practice, academic selection increases educational inequality, and strengthens the relationship between social background and attainment. In contrast, plans to change the funding system for nurseries and pre-schools have received little attention. But these reforms actually pose a greater threat to social mobility than proposals to expand grammar schools, argue Kitty Stewart and Ludovica Gambaro for the LSE British Politics and Policy blog. continue reading


News Posted: 29 September 2016      [Back to the Top]

New Global Welfare Futures seminar series
LSE Department of Social Policy

All lectures will be held in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE. Maps here

Can the Welfare States survive?
Speaker:  Prof Andrew Gamble (Cambridge/ Sheffield)
Tues 27th Sept,  6pm

The Return of the Family? Variation across post-industrial societies
Speaker:  Prof Mary Brinton (Harvard)
Tues 25th Oct,  6pm

Global Capitalism and the Rise of Inequality:  re-embedding (labour) markets and employment relations ?
Speaker:  Prof Lane Kenworthy (UC San Diego)
Wed 9th Nov, 6pm

Re-imagining Civil Society Engagement:  in search of social innovation
Speaker: Prof Maurizio Ferrera (Milan)
Wed 23rd Nov,  2pm


News Posted: 22 September 2016      [Back to the Top]

Climate Change, Inequality and Social Policy
A new interdisciplinary seminar series starting in Autumn 2016

Three institutes in LSE are hosting a new seminar series: the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI), the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and the new International Inequalities Institute (III). It will be chaired by Prof Ian Gough, Visiting Professor at CASE and Associate at Grantham.

The overlap between environmental pressures and degradation on the one hand and the ‘social dimension’ of inequality and human wellbeing on the other hand is of immense importance but under-researched. There is a yawning gap to be filled by a coherent, exciting and interdisciplinary research agenda. This series of seminars will explore and develop that agenda.  

 The seminars will be focused in two ways: on global warming and climate change rather than a wider range of environmental problems, and on the UK and other rich countries - the ‘welfare states’ of the OECD, roughly the same as and the Kyoto Annex II countries.

The first six seminars of the series will take place onThursday 3rd November 2016, 12.00-13.30 with Prof Ian Gough on ‘Climate change, Inequality and Social Policy’. Registration is required. Sign up for this seminar.


News Posted: 22 August 2016      [Back to the Top]

North-South economic and social divide still growing
suggests new CASE and University of Manchester research

The analysis suggests that the economic divergence between London and the Northern regions in England continues to grow. The gaps are also growing in relation to a number of social outcomes, such as education and health, with improvement in these outcomes in London being in line with economic conditions in the capital bouncing back to pre-recession levels or beyond while the North lags behind. But economic growth in London has not resulted in reduced poverty or inequality. The full paper is available here: Pulling in the Same Direction? Economic and Social Outcomes in London and the North of England Since the Recession, by Polina Obolenskaya, Ruth Lupton and Bert Provan.


News Posted: 02 August 2016      [Back to the Top]