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Government and Public Services in an Age of Fiscal
Consolidation: Comparative views from France and the UK

Dr Polina Obolenskaya, Dr Bert Provan and Professor Kitty Stewart are presenting their research at a conference jointly organised by Universities of Paris 1 and Paris 3, together with Policy Network in London and several other institutional partners, on the subject of "Government and Public Services in an Age of Fiscal Consolidation: Comparative Views from France and the United Kingdom".

The programme includes plenary sessions as well as workshops on governance & finance, and sectoral studies (energy, employment, education, housing, and health). A round table on Brexit will close the conference on Saturday 3 December.

You can see the full programme here (PDF).

Should you wish to attend the conference, please email public.services.conference@gmail.com by Friday 25 November, specifying whether
 you would like to attend the buffet lunches on the 2 and/or 3 December and the reception at the British Embassy Paris early evening Friday 2nd (invitations are open subject to the number of guests we are able to welcome).


News Posted: 21 November 2016      [Back to the Top]

Charles Booth Centenary Lectures
III Public Lectures, November 3rd 2016

This event, which coincides with the LSE Research Festival 2016, is part of a wider LSE celebration of pioneering social scientist Charles Booth, who died in 1916, and whose original survey into life and labour in London is held in the LSE Library.

Booth's investigation of poverty in London provides a key example both of the creative development of social science and of the ways in which research may be used to have a positive impact on society. The event brings together a group of scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the substance of Booth's ideas as well as his broader legacy for the social sciences and for contemporary social analysis.

 The event is free and open to all on a first come first serve basis. If you wish to register your interest in advance, send an e-mail to inequalities.institute@lse.ac.uk.

The event programme is listed below. Drop in for one or several sessions.

  • Session 1: 2.15-3.00pm -  Welcome and Introduction: Charles Booth and the Social Sciences
    Speaker
    Prof Mary Morgan (LSE Economic History Dept)
    Chair: Prof Nicola Lacey (LSE Law Dept and International Inequalities Institute)
    Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

  • Session 2: 3.15-4.15 - Economy, Work, Pay, Class - Then and Now
    Speakers
    : Profs Alan Manning (LSE Economics Dept), Stephen Machin (LSE Centre for Economic Performance), Fran Tonkiss (LSE Sociology Dept)
    Chair: Prof Nicola Lacey
    Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

  • 4.15-4.45 Coffee break

  • Session 3: 4.45-5.45 Housing, Health, Personal Circumstances, Criminality - Then and Now
    Speakers
    Dr Suzi Hall (LSE Cities), Profs Anne Power (LSE Social Policy Dept, LSE Housing and Communities), Emily Grundy (LSE Sociology Dept) and Tim Newburn (Social Policy Dept)
    ChairDr Suki Ali (LSE Sociology Dept)
    Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

  • Session 4: 6.00-7.00pm"The Chain: How Inequality Works"
    Speaker: 
     Prof John Hills (LSE International Inequalities Institute and Social Policy Dept)
    Chair: Prof Julia Black
    Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

This lecture will trace some of the ways in which rising inequalities in income and wealth and the policies associated with them are driving the housing crisis for those at the margins. 

For a map of campus, see here.


News Posted: 24 October 2016      [Back to the Top]

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]