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The LSE blogosphere is a community of LSE staff and external contributors sharing posts on a host of global topics. Here's a selection of the latest posts:



“Why should the people wait any longer?” How Labour built the NHS
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Britain showed the world that a universal health care system was possible. Anthony Broxton gives a brief account of Nye Bevan’s vision and how he guided the National Health Service Act through parliament.
Four reasons why welfare reform is a delusion
Reforming the welfare system has been a key aim of British government since 2010. Richard Machin writes that the concept makes no economic sense, it does not produce the outcomes the government is seeking, all while the UK is actually spending less on welfare than countries with comparable economies.
US cities’ buy-green schemes reduce their environmental liabilities and costs
Researchers Nicole Darnall, Justin Stritch, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh, and Won No suggest five actions they should take to increase their success rate.
Giving voice and visibility to victims of sexual violence can drive cultural change in Colombia
Grassroots initiatives and the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) have the potential to contribute to transformative justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence against women, writes Christine Chinkin.
Analysing the reality of climate-induced migration in Pakistan’s semi-arid regions
Ghamz E Ali Siyal draws on field studies conducted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute to demonstrate how climate change is driving migration in the semi-arid regions of Pakistan.
Transformative Research: is it the way forward for Africa?
A growing number of policymakers, researchers and funding bodies support transformative research on Africa as a way to progress towards economic, social and environmental sustainability as well as encouraging cooperation. This may happen, if we actually knew what transformative research meant and how best to go about it, argue Florence Dafe and Babette Never.
Workers’ rights are now a basic element of trade deals. What stance will Britain take?
Labour rights are now a basic component of many of the kinds of trade agreements the UK wants to sign post-Brexit, but there has been little discussion of what sort of provisions the UK wants to see in them. James Harrison and colleagues have found that commitments to workers’ rights on paper are not always enforced.
Seven signs of over-hyped Fintech
Many Fintech tools are too complex and are unlikely to solve real problems or work better than existing technology, writes Martin Walker.
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