Policy Papers

Magna Carta and contemporary constitutional change

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta is an opportunity to enrich constitutional debates today argues Dr Andrew Blick, who challenges misconceptions about English and UK constitutional history. 

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Ireland and the perils of fixed exchange rates

The Great Irish Famine of the 1840s and the twentieth-century Irish financial crisis might seem worlds apart. But they share key macroeconomic policies that exacerbated the respective economic situations,...

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Opinion Articles

Two anniversaries: the enduring fragility of Magna Carta

In 1915 Britain was deemed too busy fighting to preserve the values enshrined in Magna Carta to celebrate its 700th anniversary. Paradoxically, argues Dr Andrew Blick, during the First World War Britain violated many...

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Humanitarian impartiality, anti-austerity and the political turn of NGOs

In response to criticism of humanitarian NGOs’ ‘political turn’, Dr Emily Baughan argues that charities such as Oxfam and Save the Children were founded by the left, not hijacked by it. 

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Looking back on five years of Coalition on the eve of the 2015 election

Co-founder and Visiting Professor of the Institute of Contemporary British History Anthony Seldon assess the coalition government five years on.

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Collective bargaining: past, present and future

Collective bargaining has changed and declined but it is not dead: Roger Jeary reports on the Trade Union Forum’s recent discussion, with Tony Burke of UNITE, Ray Ellis of CWU and Professor Melanie Simms of...

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Why change happens: what we can learn from the past

Great Hall, Strand Campus, King's College London, 9am-6pm

This H&P-Friends of the Earth conference explores the factors that cause or hinder large-scale change. 

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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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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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