Category Archives: Opinion Piece

Privatisation – Weighing the evidence

Kevin Albertson, Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School, Professor of Economics. Studies Social Policy, Econometrics, and Applied Econometrics. Dr Kevin Albertson is an eclectic economist with a background in statistics and economics, but now he has escaped from the numerical world of … Continue reading

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How European do our European neighbours feel?

By Professor Edoardo Mollona, Professor of Business Economics, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna. Edoardo Mollona is the principal investigator of PERCEIVE project and full professor of Business Economics and Strategic Modelling in the Department of … Continue reading

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The challenge of diversity

Public sector leaders from across the country got together in Manchester in January to try and unlock some tricky challenges. I’d been asked to work with iNetwork, the event organisers, on an opening discussion about public service innovation that could … Continue reading

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The lesson to be learnt from Carillion is that we need more private sector and charities involved in delivering public services, not fewer.

Dr Chris O’Leary is a specialist in public policy and is a senior lecturer in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit.  Much of his work before joining PERU was around modelling need and demand in terms of multiple needs, prevention and integration of services. Chris also … Continue reading

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Has the Chancellor addressed the housing crisis?

Chris is a specialist in public policy and is a senior lecturer in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. He is responsible for managing a number of research projects, providing leadership on the design and delivery of research and evaluation projects around … Continue reading

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Has the Chancellor lost an opportunity to have a budget for youth?

Gary Pollock, Professor of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University and an expert on youth transitions from childhood to adulthood comments on today’s budget. Following a surge in support from students for the policies of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, debates over … Continue reading

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Jamie Bartlett on his book tour so far…

By Jamie Bartlett While finishing off my new book ‘Radicals…’ I decided to try something different. I want a book tour, I grandly told my editor Tom, at the time. Tom, who is a very agreeable man, agreed this would be … Continue reading

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