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Do politicians need a social licence?

Businesses increasingly need more than a legal licence for their activities to be seen as legitimate in the eyes of society, argues John Morrison.

Do the Public Understand Criminal Law?

Dr Anthony Amatrudo FRSA looks at the popular understanding of criminal law, and how the ‘CSI effect’ has made us more scared and punitive.

Democracy, the big society and the Upper House

All parties promise House of Lords reform but there is no agreement on how. Donald Curtis FRSA argues that, rather than a direct vote in enlarged constituencies, citizens would have most democratic influence if they worked through the membership organisations of civil society to ensure that the people who sit in the upper house are knowledgeable and experienced in areas of their concern.

Lessons from the US: Women matter!

As British political parties try to analyse and emulate the recipe of Barack Obama’s success, Rebecca Veazey FRSA argues that the most important message they must heed is that women matter.

Serve to lead

Frank Hore and David Low FRSAs observe why leaders in action seem at odds with what with read about leadership.

Widening the lens on public services

Henry Kippin outlines the scope of a new project that looks at how the UK can learn from public services in the developing world

The justice system and military veterans

Trevor Philpott FRSA argues that our current response to the over representation of military veterans in the criminal justice system signifies a failure in the Military Covenant.

Inequality: the real cause of the crisis?

Stewart Lansley FRSA argues that unless we tackle inequality, the slump will continue.

RSA Animate – Choice

Fusing sociology, psychoanalysis and philosophy, Professor Renata Salecl shows that individual choice is rarely based on a simple rational decision with a predictable outcome.

RSA Animate – Language as a Window into Human Nature

In this RSA Animate, Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings

The business of family business

Stefan Kemp argues that a simple policy adjustment would deliver more sustainable lives without compromising financial security

Coalition government: an aberration, or a sign of a wider global shift in attitude?

Are people starting to recognise the importance of relationships in making change happen, wonders David Fraser

Lessons of the Greek crisis

Our European leaders took a step too far, too fast when they introduced monetary union argues Anand Menon.

Ethical leadership in tough times

How can our leaders thrive in order to provide ethical, focused and bold leadership we need for our society?

‘Globaloney’ and the myth of the borderless economy

Talk of ‘inevitable globalisation’ ignores the extent to which capital and its flows still reside at the national level, argues Ian Fletcher

Trust me! I am a – coalition – politician

The success of the contemporary coalition government will depend on psychological skills developed in the Stone Age argues Paul Seabright.

Cultural policy and the ‘consensus of bulls**t’

Eleonora Belfiore makes a plea for honesty and openness in cultural policy in Britain.

General Election 2010 – what about the issues?

Ben Lucas examines the manifestos of the three main political parties and highlights the issues that face the general election.

Words for words’ sake

Morice Mendoza FRSA explains what Churchill’s oratory could do for us now in our hour of economic need

Pause for political thought

Can a 2000-year-old idea rival the fresh insights into human and social wellbeing offered by social capital thinking, social psychology and neuroscience? Ben Rogers thinks so

RSA Animate – Matthew Taylor: Left brain, right brain

Watch visual scribe Andrew Park’s interpretation of Matthew Taylor’s talk on how brain and behaviour research is increasingly being incorporated into political and policy debate.

When nudge comes to shove

Co-production is becoming the new orthodoxy across the political spectrum but the debate is largely being conducted at a level of abstraction and political positioning, bemoans Robert Hill

RSA Animate – The economic consequences of Mr Brown

Enjoy the animation of economics with the RSA’s first animated lecture – Watch visual scribe Andrew Park’s interpretation of Stein Ringen’s talk on the economic consequences of Mr Brown

Video: David Reynolds and Bonnie Greer – Is Obama’s worldview truly global?

Have we really seen the end of the US culture wars? How universal is Obama’s worldview?

Video: Richard Thaler – Nudge

Nudge: improving decisions about wealth, health and happiness