Policy Papers

The Right to Buy: History and Prospect

The Conservatives have announced proposals to extend the Right to Buy (RTB) to housing association tenants. Prof. Alan Murie argues that, as with previous Right To Buy schemes, the long term costs of...

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Student solidarity across borders: Students, universities and refugee crises past and present

The current refugee crisis poses difficult questions about integration strategies. Georgina Brewis draws inspiration from how students and universities responded to past crises.

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Opinion Articles

Merging emergency services: is the Government wielding the axe on Britain’s fire and rescue service?

Government cost-cutting measures propose merging police forces and fire and rescue services. Shane Ewen looks at the historical record of such experiments.

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The General and the Leader of the Opposition: Corbyn and constitutional convention

Critics claim  General Sir Nicholas Houghton's recent comments on Corbyn's nuclear policy breached a constitutional convention. Ann Lyon explores whether or not such an accusation has any basis...

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Role of women MPs in Parliament - Unlock Democracy and History & Policy Event

Unlock Democracy and History & Policy are jointly hosting an event on the role of women MPs in Parliament, taking place on Monday, December 14, 2015, 6:30pm  8:00pm. It is the first in a...

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History & Policy and Friends of the Earth Workshop

On Nov 16th, a group of 25 or so campaigners and historians gathered to continue a discussion initiated at two prior workshops co-organised by History & Policy and Friends of the Earth.

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H&P works with historians on the policy engagement elements of funded research projects. We broker exchanges with policy makers and shapers in order to make research accessible and to maximise its impact. Currently, H&P is involved in three projects on a costed basis.

Agents of future promise

With their apparent innocence and potential as future citizens, children have often been used by adults to represent a particular notion of the future. Led by Dr Laura King (Leeds), Dr Vicky Crewe (Cardiff), and Dr Lindsey Dodd (Huddersfield), this AHRC-funded project explores how, why and with what effects children have been ideologically used in British and French history, from the late 19th century to the post-war era. With Save the Children and War Child, the project will also consider how past insights can influence present practice.

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Imagining markets

This AHRC-funded research network examines conceptions of Europe, Empire, Commonwealth and China in Britain’s economic future since 1900 - a tumultuous period characterised by debates about free trade v. protectionism, the decline of the imperial economy and rise of the European Union. Led by Dr David Thackeray, Professor Andrew Thompson and Professor Richard Toye (all Exeter), the network connects historical and contemporary ways of thinking about Britain’s future global economic orientation. The implications for Britain’s trade and investment in the Commonwealth today will be explored with policy makers.

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Historical child sex abuse

Given current concerns about the extent of sexual abuse in the past, how might historians contribute to our understanding of what went wrong and prevent future mistakes? This ESRC-funded project, undertaken by a team of researchers - Lucy Delap (Cambridge), Dr Louise Jackson and Dr Louise Settle (Edinburgh) and Dr Adrian Bingham (Sheffield) aims to inform and contextualise present-day debates in Britain by examining key moments over the last 100 years when abuse reached public awareness through media, criminal justice or policy.

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About Us

H&P is a unique collaboration between the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London and the University of Cambridge.

We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.

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