Mile End Institute

The Mile End Institute is a major politics and policy research centre based at Queen Mary University of London.

The Mile End Institute connects research, policy-making and public debate to deepen and challenge our understanding of British politics, governance, and public policy as well as the UK's role within the wider world.

Alongside our regular events programme, held at Queen Mary's campus in Mile End, the Institute hosts a distinguished lecture series in honour of Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield and a

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NEW BLOG 🖊️: 'Talking a Good Game': and Localism in England

Following the publication of the White Paper, Patrick Diamond argues that No.10 needs to be 'more strategic, more enabling and less controlling'

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NEW BLOG: ‘A Medieval Court’: Reforming

In the first MEI Blog of 2022, our Director Patrick Diamond considers how the creation of a Prime Minister’s Department would change British government.

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This week on the Gavin Barwell talks about what made him a Conservative, about what's happened to the Party in recent years, & about his turbulent time in Downing Street with Theresa May - the subject of his recent, & highly praised memoir.
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In this episode Deputy Director, Dr Karl Pike, speaks to Professor Lea Ypi, author of the new book 'Free: Coming of Age at the End of History' - a memoir of childhood at a time of political change in the 1980s and 1990s. In the podcast, Professor Ypi talks about writing, the story of 'Free', and the philosophical theme of the book.

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, Deputy Director of the Mile End Institute is joined by Visiting Fellow Freya Marshall-Payne, Professor Sasha Roseneil from UCL, and Rebecca Morden, one of the driving forces behind the oral history project Greenham Women Everywhere, to discuss Rebecca's new book, written in collaboration with Kate Kerrow, Out of the Darkness: Greenham Voices 1981-2000'. 
The book reunites the trailblazing women from the Greenham Peace Camp and charts their recollections of camp life, including how they organised and the ways in which they challenged the military, police and other cultural forces.

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🎙️This week on the was joined by Aled Davies & Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, editors of ‘The Neoliberal Age? They discuss the contested meaning of the term 'neoliberalism' & its relevance for understanding Britain since the 1970s.

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says: “After a shaky start to Starmer’s first inperson Labour conference earlier this year, the Labour leader emerged victorious and the head of the strongest faction.”

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WEBINAR- Commemorating 50 Years of 'Outcast London'

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Dec 8, 2021 06:30 PM | Zoom

This event from the Mile End Institute, Raphael Samuel History Centre, and Modern British History Seminar will commemorate fifty years since the publication of Gareth Stedman Jones’ Outcast London.

The webinar will celebrate the book and will feature a panel of experts whose research interests speak to the book’s themes, methods and politics.


Sunil Amrith, Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale University.

Emma Griffin, Professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia at President of the Royal Historical Society.

Thomas Jones, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Buckingham.

Alastair Owens, Professor of Historical Geography at Queen Mary University of London.

Susan Dabney Pennybacker, Chalmers W. Poston Distinguished Professor of European History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rob Waters, Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary University of London.


Robert Saunders, Reader in Modern British History at Queen Mary University of London.


Webinar: Forty Years On - New Perspectives on the 1981 Budget

7 December, 6.30pm | Zoom

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This year is the fortieth anniversary of the 1981 UK Budget Statement, one of the most controversial in British history. Geoffrey Howe, the Conservative Chancellor in Margaret Thatcher's first government, deliberately increased taxes during a vicious world recession after two years of tight monetary policy and punishingly high-interest rates, to tame high inflation.

Inflation dropped, but the Budget also accelerated deindustrialization and spiralling unemployment, and turbocharged inequality. It has since indelibly shaped memories of ‘Thatcherism’.

Forty years on, the current Conservative government is at a new fork in the road in its economic policy, grappling with pandemic spending legacies, the fallout from Brexit, and post-2008 economics, and with electoral pledges both to fiscal probity and to 'level up' the UK.

In this special History and Policy seminar, a panel of experts will compare the polarised 1981 Budget debate with the current Conservative government's policies and draw lessons for today.

Tim Congdon - Founder and Chair, International Institute of Monetary Research and former advisor to the UK's 1979 - 97 Conservative government on economic policy.

Amy Edwards - Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on cultures of capitalism, investment, and enterprise; their interactions with civil society and the political economy; and their impact on everyday life.

Lukasz Krebel - Economic researcher at the New Economic Foundation focussing on monetary and fiscal policy.

Jim Tomlinson - Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. He is currently researching deindustrialisation and the global history of Juteopolis.

Emma Barrett - Visiting Research Fellow at the Mile End Institute & Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on Thatcherism; the 1980s financial revolution; elites and networks of power.


Webinar: The Civic University

2 December, 1.00pm

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In 2018, the UPP Foundation established a commission to investigate the civic work of universities. The commission published its findings in February 2019 and recommended that universities set out to co-create Civic University Agreements with other key civic partners in order to beyond traditional civic engagement and become truly civic universities, embedded into their areas.

Jonathan Slater, former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Visiting Professor at the Mile End Institute, has carried out a review into the progress made into the implementation of the UPP report in the higher education sector.

Join us at this event to discuss the outcome of Jonathan's research and his report into civic universities in the UK.

You will also hear from:

Sir Bob Kerslake, Chair of the Board of Governors at Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Alexis Brown, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Higher Education Policy Institute

Ben Rogers, Professor of Practice, University of London


Join us on November 17th at 6:30pm as Hilary Cooper and Simon Szreter discuss their powerful manifesto for change, post . Details on our website


Event Alert 🚨
Structural and Institutional Racism in the UK - Contemporary Perspectives

Oct 20, 2021 06:30 PM | Zoom Webinar

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The Commission on and Disparities in published its controversial and widely criticised report on structural inequalities earlier this year. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank in conjunction with Race on the Agenda (ROTA) and the Race Equality Foundation (REF) also recently published a collection of papers in the journal Progressive Review that offer an alternative analysis of structural and institutional racism in the UK.

This MEI student event will explore different perspectives and contributions to the debate about structural and institutional in the UK. It will use the IPPR/ROTA/REF collection as a starting point to consider the limitations of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities and the analysis it promoted.

Join us for what promises to be both a timely and fascinating discussion.


• Dr Sadiya Akram – Lecturer in Political Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University.

• Dr Vanessa Apea - Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine at Queen Mary University of London. Recipient of an NHS 70 Windrush Award for her contribution to improving health equity.

• Dr Shardia Briscoe-Palmer – Lecturer in Media, Race and Social Justice, De Montford University.

• Daniel Frost – Visiting Research Fellow, Mile End Institute and PhD Candidate at the University of Reading, researching activism in Croydon in the twentieth century.

• Alba Kapoor – Senior Policy Officer, The Runnymede Trust.


• Dr Nivi Manchanda - Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Queen Mary University of London.


🚨 Series 5 of the MEI podcast launched TODAY!

In this episode, Professor Tim Bale () was joined by Adrian Woodbridge () & Emma Barrett () to discuss Adrian's book, 'The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World’.

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📕 Book Launch Event: Riding the Populist Wave – Europe’s Mainstream Right in Crisis

Friday 15th October, 1pm | Mile End Institute Webinar

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Whilst Conservative, Christian democratic and Liberal parties continue to play a crucial role in the democratic politics and governance of every Western European country, they are rarely paid the attention they deserve. This book reveals a mainstream right squeezed by the need to adapt to both 'the silent revolution' that has seen the spread of postmaterialist, liberal and cosmopolitan values and the backlash against those values - the 'silent counter-revolution' that has brought with it the rise of several far-right parties offering populist answers to many of Europe’s most contentious political problems.

Does the temptation to ‘ride the populist wave’ ultimately pose a danger to liberal democracy?

Join us along with some of the authors and the editor of the collection for what promises to be both a timely and fascinating discussion.


Tim Bale (Chair), Professor of Politics .

Sarah de Lange, Professor by special appointment at the Department of Political Science .

Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Professor of political science at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago de Chile.

Paul Taggart, Professor of Politics .


Professor Tim Bale (): "Team Keir is clearly still convinced that there’s mileage in marketing their man as the antithesis to Boris — the responsible ying to the PM’s frivolous yang."

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MEI Deputy Director Dr Karl Pike tells us via what we need to know about Keir Starmer's speech.

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Does the SPD performance in the German elections point to a left-wing resurgence in Europe?

MEI Director Dr Patrick Diamond (): "Across liberal democracies, there are definite if tentative signs of Centre-Left resurgence."

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Professor Tim Bale () from the "This is clearly not yet a party at ease with itself, let alone with the country it aspires to govern - not by a long chalk."

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MEI Deputy Director, Karl Pike analyses the way forward for in the Westminster podcast.

He says there's growing confidence among Starmer's team that he can win votes in the party.

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BOOK NOW- Banking Bailout Law: A Comparative Study of the United States, United Kingdom and European Union

Wednesday 6th October, 5pm | Mile End Institute Webinar

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Join us as our expert panellists discuss Virág Blazsek’s book, Banking Bailout Law: A Comparative Study of the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union, which examines the different bank bailout and resolution techniques and tools through carefully selected case studies. They will explore the pros and cons of the different legal and regulatory options identified by the book to reconstruct a regulatory framework that might better serve countries in future financial crises.


Guillaume Adamczyk - Head of Unit D3, Single Resolution Board, Brussels.

Virág Blazsek - Lecturer in Commercial, Corporate and Banking Law School of Law and author of Banking Bailout Law: A Comparative Study of the United States, United Kingdom and the European Union.

Richard Squire - Alpin J. Cameron Chair in Law and Professor of Law School of Law, New York.

Philip Wallach - Resident Scholar, , Washington, D.C.


📺 A recording of 'The Limehouse Declaration 40 Years On: Can the SDP Teach Us Anything Today?' is now online.

Thank you to the chair , the panel, , Charles Clarke, Julie Smith, Polly Toynbee, Peter Slowman & event partners


() discusses 'When believed in Brexit' for the MEI Blog.

"When the time came to vote on whether to leave or remain in the EEC, 71% of Labour delegates voted to leave. Brexit, as we now call it, was Labour Party policy."

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Professor Tim Bale () on the cabinet :
"It’s the appointments that are more intriguing. In part, that’s because the reshuffle’s two most obvious victims were (a) long-destined for the chop and (b) not particularly interesting or heavyweight politicians."

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New Blog- Can Labour Fix Its Relationship with Its Muslim Voters before It’s Too Late?

"We know the party has been losing white voters in so-called red-wall towns but there are growing cracks in ’s relationship with the British Muslim electorate," says for the Blog.

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Event Alert 🚨

The Limehouse Declaration 40 Years On: Can the SDP Teach Us Anything Today?

Wednesday 22nd September, 6:30pm | Mile End Institute Webinar

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In partnership with Progressive Britain, we are delighted to invite you to this live webinar chaired by Deputy Director,

Combining the insights of a witness seminar with contemporary analysis, the panel will aim to highlight the similarities (and differences) between the 1981 schism and the contemporary moment, using this anniversary as an opportunity to gain insights into the of today.

Panellists will reflect on the significance of the SDP in British political , and its legacy. They will also offer their perspectives on what the Liberal Democrats and The Green Party can possibly learn today from the SDP, lessons – both positive and negative – for the Labour Party, electoral alliances, and the viability more generally of ‘third party’ politics in England.


- Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017 to 2019 and Member of Parliament or Twickenham from 1997 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2019. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015. He was the SDP candidate for York in 1983 and 1987.

Rt Hon Charles Clarke – Labour Party politician and Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1997 to 2010. Home Secretary from 2004 to 2006.

Peter Sloman - University Senior Lecturer in British Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. His research focusses on political ideas, public policy, and electoral politics in modern Britain.

Julie Smith, Baroness Smith of Newnham – Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and a Fellow in Politics and Graduate Tutor at Robinson College, Cambridge, where she was Director of the European Centre from 2013 to 2019.

Polly Toynbee – Writer and Guardian columnist. She was the SDP candidate for Lewisham East in the 1983 general election.

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It's 60 years since the - the "Wall of Shame" - sealed off East from West Berlin. Here's something Dr Robert Saunders () wrote on Margaret Thatcher and the fall of the Wall, and why her efforts to obstruct German reunification met with "unambiguous failure":

And here's a podcast we recorded with William Waldegrave (Foreign Office Minister, 1988-90), Professor of German History Christina von Hodenberg, and Dr Robert Saunders, marking 30 years since the Fall of the .
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We will be taking a break from recording over the summer.

In the meantime, check out our back catalogue of over 40 episodes, with many special guests and an even bigger range of topics.

Don't forget to subscribe and we will be back in the Autumn!

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Dr Robert Saunders (): "In a democracy, responsibility for the constitution rests ultimately with the electorate. 'Bad chaps' are a feature, not a bug, of constitutional government; and the best preservative is a public that is intolerant of abuses of power."

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"The fact that 55% think the Conservative Party is out of touch is hardly good news for Boris Johnson — until, that is, you realise that 58% say the same of the Labour Party," says Professor Tim Bale () in 'The truth about the Blue Wall' for

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🎙️In the final pod of the series, Dr Clive Gabay () was joined by Dr Camilla Schofield () & Bill Schwarz () to discuss global white nationalism in reaction to the forces of civil rights, anti-colonial movements, and international institutions.

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