Stein Ringen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. His book on the Chinese state, The Perfect Dictatorship, will be published this year. Contact him here.
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However you read The Prince, it is a reminder that the elementary condition of good government is effective government.
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Published in: Can Europe Make It?Parliamentarians - wake up!
The author launches a new blog with a message on Brexit – parliament wake up! Former Labour parliamentarian replies...
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"I am entitled to shout this from the mountaintop since I have been asking since the referendum was called: How are...
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“For my part, my sentiment is not just embarrassment, but shame. That we should choose the coward’s way of turning...