I am experimenting with maintaining a page on Employment Ideas for Trinity Politics Graduates. The idea is that it may be helpful for both undergraduate and graduate students. Suggestions are welcome.
Disclaimer: I’m not in any way vouching for any of these organisations, or suggesting that they have vacancies, let alone that they will hire you.
I have a post up on the Oxford/Cambridge Politics In Spires group blog where I propose a way of reforming the House of Lords.
In brief, the idea is that abstentions should count as ‘votes’ for an Appointments Commission list. The result, I think, would be a chamber that was directly elected, broadly representative, deliberative and populated with ‘experts’, as well as clearly subordinate to the House of Commons. What’s not to like?
See Getting the House in Order: brainstorming a novel approach to Lords reform for more details.
I now have a related post on this at LibDemVoice. Commenters seem opposed, but not for good reasons.
In case the library is getting you down but you still want to think about the politics of inequality, some podcasts:
- BBC Analysis programme on “Profits before pay” (mp3 from 20 February 12). Includes discussions of inequality trends and their economic and political causes.
- BBC Analysis programme on “Capitalists against the Super Rich” (mp3 from 23 January 12). Includes discussions of political responses to the financial crisis and inequality.
- BBC Analysis programme on “Neue Labour” (mp3 from 2 March 12). Includes discussion of how different patterns of training and employment have implications for inequality and industry.
- There are actually lots of interesting BBC Analysis programmes.
- This American Life episode 459 on “What Kind of Country?“. Includes interesting story on a Colorado town’s refusal to pay (more) taxes.
Some posts from around the web that may be interesting for my PO8013 class:
This is the updated reading list for the final class of PO4730.
4.9 Inequality and the Financial Crisis
For this ﬁnal topic, we will look at the relationships between economic inequality and the ﬁnancial crisis that has unfolded since around 2007/2008. The sovereign debt crises that have emerged from the original private sector ﬁnancial problems have had large impacts on public expenditure — and so redistributive programmes. However, it has also been argued that inequality itself was an important cause of the original ﬁnancial crisis in the USA. We will examine these issues. N.B. Readings may be updated at a later date for this topic as scholarly work in this ﬁeld is still emerging.
Shorter/Popular Readings (Required)
- Rajan, Raghuram G. (2010). Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, Introduction and Chapter 1
- Krugman, Paul and Wells, Robin (2010a). The Slump Goes On: Why? New York Review of Books.
- Krugman, Paul and Wells, Robin (2010b). The Way Out of the Slump. New York Review of Books.
- Atkinson, A. B. and Morelli, Salvatore (2011). Economic Crises and Inequality. Paper prepared for the 2011 Human Development Report, funded by the United Nations Development Programme.