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all these comings and goings remain, eerily preserved in defiance of time, blown by an interminable wind, and under the watchful eyes of the stars. The film explores themes of memory and existence, past and present, interweaving archaeology, astronomy and forensics. It is a film that has resonated with me ever since I first saw it, at a showing for the Performance and Politics group in Aberystwyth in February 2015. A deeply moving segment of the film for me, then, was when, towards the end of the film, one of the women searching the desert for EDKINS 9781526119032

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Devolution Issues concerning women 171 12 Devolution ➤ Review of the background to devolution ➤ Past attempts to introduce devolution ➤ Analysis of the reasons why devolution was introduced after 1997 ➤ How devolution was implemented in various parts of the UK ➤ Analysis of different political attitudes towards devolution ➤ Speculation as to how successful the implementation of devolution has been BACKGROUND Movements which were dedicated to the introduction of greater selfgovernment for Britain’s national regions can be traced back as far as the nineteenth

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Locating the monsters in the machine: an investigation of faith

4 What counts as evidence in adjudicating asylum claims? Locating the monsters in the machine: an investigation of faith-based claims Roda Madziva, Vivien Lowndes Since around 2007, evidence-based policy (EBP) has emerged as a buzzword intended to signal the end of conviction-driven, ideological politics and heralding the aspirations for policymaking to be anchored in ‘evidence and to deliver what works unsullied by ideology or values considerations’ (Botterill and Hindmoor, 2012: 367; Clarence, 2002). The political impetus and preoccupation with activities

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government had been elected in 1945. On the whole the party was ideologically opposed to imperialism. Although the pragmatic elements in the Labour party recognised the economic benefits of clinging on to the colonies, the political will to remain as a great imperial power was weakening. India was granted independence in 1947. There was a moratorium on the independence movement for ten years or so (corresponding to the return of the Conservatives to power), but the dismantling of the empire resumed at the end of the 1950s. The disaster of Britain’s failed attempt to

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expanded. A comprehensive system of social security was established. There were a wide variety of benefits available to all according to need. These included ● ● ● ● ● ● 34 Understanding British and European political issues maternity benefits for pregnant women and nursing mothers, sickness benefits to compensate those who lost wages through illness, unemployment benefit, housing benefit for the very poor, family income support, again for the poor, child benefits for all families with children up to 16 years, free school lunches and uniform grants, old age

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are more responsive to the public and social priorities 132 Science and the politics of openness of the transitioning communities. Alternative or competing priorities for transitions research are best detected through a process of co-design; in this case the co-design of community energy systems on the basis of bottom-up iterative public and community engagement, as one of these alternative ways of doing transitions research. Making transitions research ‘open’ from the bottom up presupposes the embedding of democratic values such as inclusiveness and social

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Publics, hybrids, transparency, monsters and the changing landscape around science

themselves upheld aspects of this image well into the 1960s. Science was a separate world of special practices and rituals, with an individualistic epistemology, in which science was ultimately a matter, as Michael Polanyi put it, of personal knowledge (1958). In this idealised image of science, it was governed by merit. Funding, self-promotion, and academic and scientific politics and conflict were neatly excised from the image of the scientist. Science occasionally challenged our sense of ourselves as humans, or our place in the universe, but for the most part it was

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platform had been in 2002? Where people had queued quietly to climb up for their two minutes overlooking the pit? I check the buildings to the right. Yes, that is it. The plywood platforms, endorsed by a visitor called Mariette with the words ‘We all lost you EDKINS 9781526119032 PRINT.indd 111 22/02/2019 08:34 112 change and the politics of certainty 1  Construction site, Ground Zero, May 2014 all, and mourn together. We are not sightseers’ stood right here. I take some photographs. Pause. Think. Which way to go? Follow the crowds? There are notices saying ‘Entry

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Law and order 6 ➤ Review of the problem of crime in recent decades ➤ Descriptions of the various attempts which have been made to reduce crime since 1979 ➤ Analysis of different governments’ attitudes to crime ➤ Descriptions of legislation passed to deal with law and order issues ➤ Analysis of theories concerning the causes of crime ➤ Speculation as to how law and order issues may be dealt with in the future Before examining the political issue of law and order as it has unfolded since 1979, we need to define the scope of the subject. The following elements

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Understanding British and European political issues could be made. Thatcher was also committed to avoiding large tax increases. This was both a philosophical motion, based on the idea that high taxes are a disincentive to enterprise, and a necessity as the economy needed greater stimulation. It was to take three years before the new government could take stock and decide what to do. HEALTH UNDER THE CONSERVATIVES, 1979–97 Funding The most obvious reaction to the growing crisis was to examine the whole basis upon which the NHS was being funded. There were a number of

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