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Normal people don’t join political parties

Normal people don’t join political parties | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End Institute has just published a short study called Grassroots, based on surveys conducted by YouGov for the ESRC-funded Party Members Project just after last year’s General Election.

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This article is based on findings from the ESRC-funded Party Members Project.

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'Squeezed upper-middle' class 'struggling' to survive on £370,000

'Squeezed upper-middle' class 'struggling' to survive on £370,000 | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Professor Danny Dorling from Oxford University says that families earning between £100,000 and £370,000 are struggling because they are trying so hard to compete with the top one per cent.

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The article cites calculations from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which receives ESRC funding.

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The Tories’ plan for poor people: stop them breeding

The Tories’ plan for poor people: stop them breeding | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Iain Duncan Smith’s call for ‘behavioural change’ revives an old party trope of sneering at the lower orders

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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English Education System is Class Ridden

English Education System is Class Ridden | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A new study shows that England may have the world's largest gap in education among people of different classes.


The report, published by the Institute of Education, blames decades of inequality between the best schools and the worst. It finds that the link between people’s skills in adult life and their parents’ background is “especially high” in England in comparison with 24 other countries or regions.

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Researchers at the Institute’s Research Centre on Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES) compared data from OECD studies of literacy and numeracy.


LLAKES is funded by the ESRC.

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