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This site has been created with the intention of discussing Neighbourhood Planning amongst any interested parties – practitioners, public managers, academics and students.

It will feature content from academic papers, reports from policymakers, media interest and updates on policy progress via the Notes on Neighbourhood Planning series produced by the DCLG. 29 more words


Views from the Cube: South African Human Rights Commission Intern Sarah Watson

This summer I have had the pleasure of working in the Legal Services Department of the South African Human Rights Commission. Living in Cape Town, I’m stationed in the Western Cape Provincial Office. 596 more words


They walk among us

Housekeeping: I’ve been trying very hard, this past week, to concentrate on my other writing, which is why I’m quiet here.  This is my safe place, and I need to do something scarier for a while, and that means scaling back on the blog so I can write elsewhere (preferably for money).  797 more words


Are businesses more efficient and effective than governments?

A particularly disheartening feature of the world we’ve been living in since the 1990s is the assumption — widely held and expressed in many ways — that anything governments can do, private enterprise can do better. 496 more words

What's Wrong With The Way Our Communities Are Governed

Books for Prisoners: Protecting the ‘perks and privileges’ of reading

In July the Howard League called on people to send books directly to justice secretary Chris Grayling, asking that he forward them onto prisoners. Their… 498 more words

Social Policy

The Matthew Effect and American Education

What’s all this nonsense about American schools being designed for a “democratic society … united by our education system through common values, comprehensive curriculum … and free K-12 education for every child”? 525 more words

Social Policy

The Criminalization of Everyday Life

Not the police, mind you, but the campus cops at Ohio State University now possess an MRAP; that is, a $500,000, 18-ton, mine-resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle of a sort used in the war in Afghanistan and, as Hunter Stuart of the Huffington Post 

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Human Rights