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In this commentary, Lucy Shacketon outlines why UK universities have both the right and the responsibility to inform and influence the referendum debate.
3 August 2015
Lucy Shackleton More...
Starts: Aug 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM
In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...
Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...
Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Generating Social Trust in the 21st Century
Publication date: Mar 04, 2014 12:21 PM
May 19, 2014 12:00 AM
End: May 20, 2014 12:00 AM
19-20 May 2014
Building social trust presents enormous challenges today for European political leaders. Focusing on three broad domains (health, welfare, and the economy), this two-day forum seeks to explore the potential effects of trust-building on new efforts to address social instability.
There can be no ‘big society’ in the absence of social trust. Social trust is about transparency of actions, continuity of values, and a belief in community. When promises go unfulfilled, a sense of betrayal seeps in to undermine social cohesion. Policymakers make changes without considering the basic mechanisms through which trust is engendered; and even those who measure social capital sometimes downplay continuity. New regimes wipe out existing programmes and policies, often without accounting for the distrust in social processes that such practices create. Likewise, in banking and health care, fragile relationships are easily undermined, even at times by well intended shifts in practice.
Social trust is central to successful, healthy, and equal societies, and diametrically opposed to betrayal; for distrust in the systems citizens rely on has a profound impact on their willingness to cooperate with one another and to define their individual futures in collective terms. While betrayal destabilises us emotionally, trust thrives on reliability, stability, and predictability. How is social trust and citizen trust generated? How can social trust be nourished in the 21st century?
Focusing on three broad domains (health, welfare, and the economy), this two-day forum seeks to explore the potential effects of trust-building on new efforts to address social instability.
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