Policy Papers

History & Policy papers are written by expert historians, based on peer-reviewed research. They offer historical insights into current policy issues ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq, climate change and internet surveillance to family dynamics, alcohol consumption and health reforms. For historians interested in submitting a paper, please see the editorial guidelines.

Currently, 194 papers are freely searchable by theme, author or keyword, with new papers published regularly. Where possible, we publish papers to coincide with relevant policy developments. If you are a policy maker, civil society practitioner or journalist and would like to contact one of our historians, please contact historyandpolicy@kcl.ac.uk.

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Flexible employment and casual labour: a historical perspective on labour market policy

Ahead of this summer's expected Taylor Report on employment practices in the modern economy, Noel Whiteside examines the long history of flexible employment and casual labour, and the various nineteenth- and twentieth-century attempts to grapple with the issues.

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Trade unions and ‘Original Labour’: an alternative to state-socialism

Alastair Reid discusses aspects of trade union history that have been neglected both in the historiography and in current perceptions - pluralism, decentralised organisation and common interests of occupation rather than class.

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A contested relationship: the UK Labour party and small business

Richard Beresford argues that, contrary to what one might suppose, Labour's relationship with small businesses goes back to their earliest days.

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The Trade Union Bill 2015: echoes of the General Strike?

Adrian Williamson QC asks what lessons Cameron can learn from Baldwin’s Conservative government and their passing of the Trade Disputes and Trade Unions Act (1927) regarding the forthcoming Trade Union Bill (2015). 

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‘Yes ma’am’: domestic workers and employment rights

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The Osborne Judgement of 1909: Trade Union funding of political parties in historical perspective

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Trade unions and the law - history and a way forward?

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Trade unions: a foundation of political pluralism?

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H&P is an expanding Partnership based at King's College London and the University of Cambridge, and additionally supported by the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds, the Open University, and the University of Sheffield.

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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