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This week's editors

RB, editor

Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.


Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

Constitutional conventions: best practice

We're heading to dark days

Oliver Huitson listens to Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, talk about the Autumn statement, tax avoidance, Union strategy and the Conservative vision for the nation – where are we headed, decades of austerity, or is Britain “de-developing”?

What the British government is doing to welfare

The Jobseekers Act of 1995 confirmed a shift in the UK Government's management of welfare, from a stance of 'social insurance' to the systematic creation of an 'underclass'. This extract from Public Service on the Brink examines these changes from the inside, as one of the UK's most important trade union leaders reveals the institutional humlitiations facing claimants and workers alike.

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