People, Places & Democracy
Power and wealth are not well distributed in Britain, meaning too many people feel excluded from politics and policy-making. Our work explores ways to give more people a say and a stake in the country’s future.
Centre Ground – Six Values of Mainstream Britain
This pamphlet describes six values characteristic of British mainstream opinion, setting out how these values are distinct from those on the extremes, and giving practical policy examples of how each value can translate into reality.
|Published:||18 June 2018|
Living on the edge: Britain’s coastal communities
The SMF has undertaken a brief analysis of economic and social data at a local authority level, to better understand the extent to which coastal communities are among the worst ranked parts of the country in terms of earnings, employment, health and education.
|Published:||04 September 2017|
Happy voters briefing
This briefing paper published by the SMF and the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), shows that happier a voter is, the more likely they are to vote for an incumbent government party.
|Published:||31 May 2017|
|Author(s):||Eugenio Proto, Federica Liberini, Michela Redoano|
Moving On: A Labour approach to the post-Brexit economy
This short paper by five leading Labour Party MPs aims to outline a possible approach the government could take to rebalancing the British economy in the first post-EU referendum Autumn Statement.
|Published:||18 November 2016|
|Author(s):||Chuka Umunna, Rachel Reeves MP, Alison McGovern MP, Shabana Mahmood MP, Chris Leslie|
Dead centre? Redefining the centre of British politics
Working together, Opinium and the Social Market Foundation carried out polling in the second half of August 2016, asking voters to place themselves on a left-right continuum, do the same for a range of politicians and tell us their views on some top issues and policies.
|Published:||14 September 2016|
Devolution and poverty: Can we tackle poverty at a local level?
Greater devolution in England has been largely framed around growth, with much less debate about the effect on poverty. This paper is intended to provide a summary of the key questions and considerations facing policymakers, informed by two roundtable events held in Birmingham and London, with politicians and policymakers from local and central Government, local charities, and experts on city growth and poverty.
|Published:||08 June 2016|
What’s the big deal? Policy sticking points for post-election negotiations
This briefing note looks in detail at the substance of four potential post-election discussions: those between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats; Labour and Liberal Democrats; Labour and SNP; and Conservatives and UKIP.
|Published:||30 April 2015|
Institutional Corruption? The revolving door in American and British politics
The University of Warwick’s, Dr Mirko Draca launches his latest research on institutional corruption at the Social Market Foundation.
|Published:||23 October 2014|