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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Can money be a force for good?

There is more money in the world than at any other point in human history, so why doesn’t it reach the places that need it most?

Is the DWP even fit for purpose?

The DWP's goals are controversial in themselves but perhaps more worrying is that the department doesn't seem able to function - report after report lays bare the most fundamental failings.

Is cruelty the key to prosperity?

According to many politicians, removing benefits is necessary to compel the unemployed to work even if their children suffer as a consequence. What’s the origin of this idea?

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A dystopian reality - welfare, the homeless and the unfed

Perhaps people are unaware of just how bad the situation has got for many of their fellow citizens, those who have little food, no money, and no home - in 21st century Britain. Two forces make this possible: hypocrisy and invisibility.

You cannot ignore religion in social policy-making in the Middle East

Governments and global development agencies will do well in the formulation of new social protection and social welfare policies, only if they take serious account of the experience of religious organisations in their provision.

Miliband's speech on welfare in Britain opened up new political space

With Labour's move, the shape of Britain's welfare state is clearly entering a period of fundamental realignment.

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of January 24th 2011

We lead this week's report with news of the disquieting appointment to the ACMD of Dr Raabe, an anti-harm reduction proponent with disturbing views on homosexuality. The Government have traditionally ignored the medical and scientific evidence on this key issue of social policy, and such an appointment will serve only to further a general lack of confidence in its ability to make informed evidential decisions ~ MW & CS

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of July 19, 2010

A weekly summary of what's going on in drug policy and criminal justice reform in the US & UK.
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