Analysis

Analysis

Analysis makes sense of the ideas that change the world, from economics to social affairs to global politics to political Islam. With thought-provoking and expert presenters, Analysis aims to make the world of policy and ideas both interesting and surprising. The programme broadcasts 26 episodes a year, in three separate series.

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  • Precedents or Principles 17 Nov 2014

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    "I always buy this type of coffee." But is that decision one of principle -or just because you buy it each day? Nick Chater asks which matters more to us: precedent or principles?

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  • Conservative Muslims, Liberal Britain 10 Nov 2014

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In the wake of the Trojan horse affair in Birmingham schools, David Goodhart asks whether Britain's socially conservative Muslims can ever integrate into liberal Britain.

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  • Just Culture 03 Nov 2014

    Mon, 3 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Businesswoman & writer, Margaret Heffernan examines the condition of 'Wilful blindness' - a legal term used in the Enron scandal - and asks whether the cure could be a Just Culture.

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  • Inside Welfare Reform 27 Oct 2014

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How well has the government implemented its controversial welfare reforms? Have they been a vital check to a system spiralling out of control or - as some say - close to a fiasco?

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  • The Idea of the Caliphate 20 Oct 2014

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What is a caliphate? What ideals does such an Islamic state embody - and how could or should it be implemented? Analysis consults a range of voices to explore how the concept has evolved and has been expressed over the centuries. Edward Stourton talks to historians, religious scholars and political thinkers who offer their perspectives on caliphates of the past, the revivalist rhetoric of the present and the beliefs shared by many Muslims about its future return. Contributors: Prof HUGH KENNEDY, School of Oriental and African Studies Sheikh RUZWAN MUHAMMAD, Sunni theologian and scholar REBECCA MASTERTON, Shia scholar Dr REZA PANKHURST, author, "The Inevitable Caliphate?" Dr CAROLINE FINKEL, author, "Osman's Dream: the History of the Ottoman Empire" Dr SALMAN SAYYID, Leeds University, author, "Recalling the Caliphate" Dr ABDOU FILALI ANSARY, Aga Khan University

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  • Meet the Family 13 Oct 2014

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Politicians love talking about families. But, asks Jo Fidgen, do they understand modern family life? And how far can or should the state change the way families live?

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  • Peston and the House of Debt 06 Oct 2014

    Mon, 6 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Robert Peston tests the arguments made by the authors of a new book who claim the financial crisis was caused by exploding household debt - not by the banks. But are they right?

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  • Michael Pollan on Food 29 Sept 2014

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    What should we eat? Jo Fidgen talks to the influential American writer Michael Pollan about what food is - and what it isn't. He says we should reconnect with what's on our plates.

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  • Thrifty Debtors 21 July 2014

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The downturn's made everyone worry more about money. But while we may want to be thriftier, Chris Bowlby discovers why we're stuck with high personal and household debt.

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  • The End of the Pay Rise? 14 July 2014

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Wages have fallen for most of us for the last six years in Britan, which is unprecedented. We’re told that there’s a return in economic growth and yet wages have still not picked up. What has happened? Is this a long term problem – is this the end of the pay rise? Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, explores the mystery of our falling wages and how wages are shared out between the top earners and the rest of us.

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  • Is it Time for the Internet to Grow Up? 07 July 2014

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The World Wide Web is 25 years old. David Baker asks what we want from its next 25 years.

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  • Tories: Nasty or Nice? 30 June 2014

    Mon, 30 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Why have the Tories attracted the label 'the nasty party'? Tory supporter Robin Aitken explores why the phrase took hold, and why it matters in key national debates today.

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  • Varieties of Capitalism 23 June 2014

    Mon, 23 Jun 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Can a country switch between different models of capitalism? The Economist's Britain politics correspondent, Jeremy Cliffe, explores whether the proposals put forward by some British politicians to transform the UK's economy into one more akin to that of Germany, Denmark and Sweden is remotely possible - or are we stuck with what we've got?

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  • Courting Trouble 16 June 2014

    Mon, 16 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jo Fidgen asks: what are the new rules of relationships? Sexual harassment is in the news, laws and codes are in place. But can we agree on what is acceptable behaviour today?

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  • What Does Putin Want? 09 June 2014

    Mon, 9 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Following the crisis in Ukraine, Edward Stourton investigates the Russian leader's geostrategic vision.

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  • Time to Rethink Asylum? 02 June 2014

    Mon, 2 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Finch investigates the history of asylum as a political issue and explores ideas for a fundamental rethink of the way we deal with refugees.

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  • Deirdre McCloskey 26 May 2014

    Mon, 26 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Evan Davis interviews economic historian Deirdre McCloskey in front of an audience at the London School of Economics, where she argues that poverty matters more than inequality.

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  • Why Minsky Matters 24 Mar 2014

    Mon, 24 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    TUC economist Duncan Weldon asks if the theories of the late Hyman Minsky provide an explanation for the financial crisis and a radical challenge to mainstream economics?

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  • Eldar Shafir: Scarcity 17 Mar 2014

    Mon, 17 Mar 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Jo Fidgen interviews psychologist Eldar Shafir about his theories of how scarcity of time and money can both help and harm us.

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  • The Jihadi Spring 16 Mar 2014

    Sun, 16 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Owen Bennett-Jones asks if the real beneficiaries of the multiple failures of the Arab revolutions are the Islamist militants both of al-Qaeda and its increasingly violent allies.

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  • Scotland and the Union: Can Britain be Re-booted? 03 Mar 2014

    Mon, 3 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As Scotland votes on independence, Douglas Fraser asks if there's a coherent vision for the future of the union, and what that might mean north and south of Hadrian's Wall.

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  • Life by Lottery 24 Feb 2014

    Mon, 24 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Should we use chance to solve some of our most difficult political dilemmas? Jo Fidgen explores whether the luck of the draw might build a fairer society.

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  • A is for Anonymous 17 Feb 2014

    Mon, 17 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Frances Stonor Saunders asks why anonymity is becoming more popular while we extol celebrity and individuality. Is being anonymous the future or are there costs to being unknown?

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  • What is Wahhabism? 10 Feb 2014

    Mon, 10 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is the ultra-conservative 'Wahhabi' branch of Islam really the ideology behind Islamic extremism? Edward Stourton examines its emergence in 18th Century Saudi Arabia and subsequent interpretations, exploring its influence in the world today.

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  • The Philosophy of Russell Brand 03 Feb 2014

    Mon, 3 Feb 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Comedian Russell Brand wants a revolution - why are so many young people cheering him on? The Economist's Jeremy Cliffe explores the ideas and thinkers behind a new 'anarcho-populism' - the 21st Century activist's politics of choice.

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  • Last Rites for the Church of England? 27 Jan 2014

    Mon, 27 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Andrew Brown asks if the Church of England has become fatally disconnected from society.

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  • Roberto Unger 18 Nov 2013

    Mon, 18 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Renowned social theorist Prof Roberto Unger on why he thinks his left wing progressive comrades lack imagination. Recorded in front of an audience at the LSE.

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  • France: Sinking Slowly? 11 NOV 2013

    Mon, 11 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The French are far more attached to the centralised, big state than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts. Former BBC Paris Correspondent Emma Jane Kirby asks if it is affordable.

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  • Importing the Metropolitan Revolution 04 NOV 2013

    Mon, 4 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In America, there is talk of a 'metropolitan revolution' as big cities reinvent themselves. Matthew Taylor asks if we can transform the UK economy by setting our city halls free.

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  • Syria: Inside the Opposition 28 Oct 2013

    Mon, 28 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Syria's opposition movements comprise a diverse range of political and armed groups. Edward Stourton investigates the alternatives to President Assad.

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  • Quantitative Easing: Miracle Cure or Dangerous Addiction? 21 Oct 2013

    Mon, 21 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Could Quantitative Easing create a bigger financial crisis than the one it was supposed to avert? Sunday Telegraph economic commentator Liam Halligan argues that it could.

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  • What are Charities For? 14 Oct 2013

    Mon, 14 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Charities have been drawn into the world of outsourced service provision, with the state as their biggest customer. Fran Abrams asks if this threatens their philanthropic roots.

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  • Edward Snowden: Leaker, Saviour, Traitor, Spy? 7 Oct 2013

    Mon, 7 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Aaronovitch asks if the recent publication of government secrets reveals the weakness - not strength - of the state as the libertarian right and liberal left join forces.

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  • Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Why Did They Fail? 30 SEP 2013

    Mon, 30 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party came to power in Egypt's first democratic elections but the party was ousted after just one year. Speaking to insiders close to Mohammed Morsi, Christopher de Bellaigue asks why the Brotherhood failed.

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  • The Rule of Law v The Rule of Man 22 July 2013

    Mon, 22 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With huge concern over tax avoidance, tax officials are the latest to be given increased discretion. Philosopher Jamie Whyte asks: is the Rule of Man undermining the Rule of Law?

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  • Scottish Nationalism: From Protest to Power 15 JUL 2013

    Mon, 15 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Just what does the Scottish National Party want? And what could it mean for the UK? Douglas Fraser investigates the SNP's long search for an independence vision that works.

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  • They're Coming For Your Money 08 July 2013

    Mon, 8 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies argues that taxes look set to rise despite further spending cuts, and finds out which ones are likeliest to go up and who will pay.

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  • Syria and the New Lines in the Sand 01 JUL 2013

    Mon, 1 Jul 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Where the Arab Spring overthrew dictators, is the Middle East now dismantling the very 'lines in the sand' imposed by Britain and France a century ago? Edward Stourton investigates.

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  • Pornography: What Do We Know? 24 JUN 2013

    Mon, 24 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is pornograpy really bad for us? Jo Fidgen explores what the evidence tells us about the effects of pornography on those who use it.

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  • Predistribution 17 JUN 2013

    Mon, 17 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Predistribution is Labour's new policy buzzword, used by leader Ed Miliband in a keynote speech. The US thinker who coined the phrase tells Edward Stourton what it means.

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  • The Quantified Self: Can Life Be Measured? 10 JUN 2013

    Mon, 10 Jun 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The "quantified self" movement promises that life-logging and data-tracking can make us smarter. Frances Stonor Saunders asks whether by measuring what we do we miss who we are.

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  • Is Regional Policy a Waste of Time? 03 June 2013

    Mon, 3 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The gap between English north and south is growing. But does government have the answer? In the north-east, Alison Wolf discovers why 'regional policy' may be a waste of time.

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  • Is Labour Abandoning the State? 27 May 2013

    Mon, 27 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Mukul Devichand hears from leading Labour Party figures who want a radical new welfare settlement, saying the state itself is to blame for society's ills as much as the market.

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  • Nudge Theory in Practice 25 Mar 2013

    Mon, 25 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Governments should incentivise rather than force citizens to behave better, according to the book "Nudge". Author Cass Sunstein explains how governments have adopted his theories.

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  • Who Decides if I'm a Woman? 18 Mar 2013

    Mon, 18 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A spat between feminist Suzanne Moore and transgender rights activists played out on social networking sites, and then hit the headlines when journalist Julie Burchill joined in too. Jo Fidgen explores the underlying ideas which cause so much tension between radical feminists and transgender campaigners, and discovers why recent changes in the law and advances in science are fuelling debate – and have implications for all of us.

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  • Three Score Years and Twenty 11 Mar 2013

    Mon, 11 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As more and more people look forward to ever longer life, Chris Bowlby examines what it's like to grow old in Britain and what we can learn from other countries.

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  • Islamists International 04 Mar 2013

    Mon, 4 Mar 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Muslim Brotherhood's influence extends far beyond its Egyptian base. Christopher de Bellaigue investigates a network which stretches from North Africa to Indonesia.

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  • Vulgar Keynesians 25 Feb 2013

    Mon, 25 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Radical American critics of the left's current thinking on the economy outline their critique to Tim Finch. Is it time for a rethink on the British left too?

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  • Making the Best of a Bad Job 18 Feb 2013

    Mon, 18 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Goodhart considers whether the declining status of basic jobs can be halted and even reversed. Successive governments have prioritised widening access to higher education to try to drive social mobility, without giving much thought to the impact this has on the expectations of young people who, for whatever reason, are not going to take that path. But even in a knowledge-based economy, low-skilled work survives. Offices still need to be cleaned, supermarket shelves stacked, and care home residents looked after. The best employers know how to design these jobs to make them more satisfying. Are politicians finally waking up to the problem?

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  • Creative Destruction 11 Feb 2013

    Mon, 11 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As high street names close for good, Analysis asks if such failures are necessary for future growth. Or is "creative destruction" a comforting delusion, not a saving grace?

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  • The Alawis 04 Feb 2013

    Mon, 4 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Owen Bennett Jones looks at Syria's Alawis, the secretive Shia sect to which President Assad belongs. Who are the Alawis and why are many fearful of a post-Assad future?

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  • A Scottish Pound? 28 Jan 2013

    Mon, 28 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The cash question facing an independent Scotland. Chris Bowlby discovers the key role of currency in debate about the UK's political future.

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  • Just Deserts 21 Jan 2013

    Mon, 21 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Workers once won the fight for rewards at work, now executives dominate. Michael Blastland asks how bosses have become so powerful and if workers - and investors - can fight back.

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  • Green shoots of the Arab Spring 12 Nov 2012

    Mon, 12 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Are Egyptians questioning authority more as a result of the Arab Spring? Christopher de Bellaigue investigates for Analysis.

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  • Left turn to Catholic Social Teaching 05 Nov 2012

    Mon, 5 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As leading opposition politicians with no prospect of more money to spend in Government look for new ideas, as bankers and business people seek to address growing public distrust, both are turning to a surprising source of inspiration. Catholic Social Teaching. What is this teaching, why do so many people think it is relevant now, and why does its growing influence raise difficult issues for the Roman Catholic church itself?

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  • Labour, the Left and Europe 29 Oct 2012

    Mon, 29 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A Eurosceptic Labour Party might seem unthinkable. But the European Union is changing and so too should Labour’s attitude towards it, argues Labour MP Gisela Stuart. She reveals to presenter Edward Stourton that she now believes Britain would be better off outside the EU. Her party continues to maintain a pro-European face but, Edward Stourton learns, the Labour leadership is preparing to recalibrate its policy as the Europe of workers’ rights gives way to the Europe of austerity and fiscal federalism.

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  • School of Hard Facts 22 Oct 2012

    Mon, 22 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Gove is a fan of E.D. Hirsch, the American educational thinker. Fran Abrams explores Hirsch’s radical ideas and how they could transform schooling in England.

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  • Alternative economic cultures 15 Oct 2012

    Mon, 15 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Manuel Castells says the current financial crisis is more than just an economic downturn. The causes are so deep rooted that they have provoked a profound reassessment of our economic beliefs and institutions and given rise to new protest movements and economic cultures.

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  • Keeping the free market faith 08 Oct 2012

    Tue, 9 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Free market capitalism has fallen into disrepute. Even the British Conservative party is blaming the financial crisis on unfettered markets. Jamie Whyte thinks they are wrong.

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  • Obama's Foreign Policy 01 Oct 2012

    Mon, 1 Oct 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Obama’s foreign policy: has the Nobel peace prize-winning President been as hawkish as his predecessor?

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  • Sick Society? 24 Sep 2012

    Mon, 24 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A health gap exists in Britain: people in the wealthiest parts of the country, live on average more than a decade longer than those in the poorest parts. An academic discipline which tries to work out why this health gap exists has also grown. It’s called social epidemiology. Its findings have influenced governments all around the world. But not economists. They look at the same data and see something completely different. David Aaronovitch interviews the most prominent social epidemiologist, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, and hears the arguments against his science. Producer: Ruth Alexander

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  • Political Prejudice 17 Sep 2012

    Mon, 17 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How politically rational are you? What are your views on global warming, nanotechnology or the value of IQ tests - and are they based on scientific evidence or cognitive bias? Michael Blastland talks to top international thinkers including Dan Kahan and Jonathan Haidt about our remarkable ability not to let the facts get in the way of deeply held belief.

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  • Analysis Extra: The Philosopher's Arms: Law and Morality 17 Sep 2012

    Mon, 10 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why obey the law? Is there anything wrong with going through a red light at 3am in the morning if nobody is around? Does the law have any moral force? Questions for this edition of The Philosopher's Arms.

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  • Analysis Extra: The Philosopher's Arms: Sorites' Heap 10 Sep 2012

    Mon, 10 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Fuzzy logic and baldness: what's the connection? According to the Sorites' Paradox, it's impossible to go bald. If you lose one hair you don't move from being hirsute to being bald: one hair can't make any difference - and the same must be true if you lose a second hair, then a third... So it seems that nobody can ever go bald. That's the paradox addressed, with the help of some fuzzy logic, in this edition of The Philosopher's Arms.

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  • Analysis Extra: The Philosopher’s Arms: The Fake Van Gogh 03 Sep 2012

    Mon, 3 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Imagine a perfect art fake. A fake Van Gogh that is completely indistinguishable from the original. Does that mean it’s of equal value to the original? Find out in this edition of The Philosopher’s Arms.

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  • Analysis Extra: The Philosopher’s Arms: Theseus’ Ship 27 Aug 2012

    Mon, 27 Aug 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Personal Identity is a topic that’s long intrigued philosophers. What makes you you? What makes you the same person today that you were as a child? The puzzle addressed in The Philosopher’s Arms, with some assistance from the pop group, The Drifters

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  • Analysis Extra: The EU Debate 08 AUG 2012

    Wed, 8 Aug 12

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Should Britain stay in the European Union? With the crisis continuing in the eurozone, recent polls suggest that the vast majority of the British electorate would be in favour of a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. Evan Davis chairs a debate at the London School of Economics, and is joined by Sir Stephen Wall. The former diplomat and EU adviser to Tony Blair argues his position for Britain to remain in the EU against a panel which wants Britain out.

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  • China's Battle of Ideas 09.07.12

    Mon, 9 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    China's politburo experiencing an internal power struggle. It is about ideological more than personal rivalry. Mukul Devichand visits the People's Republic to investigate this battle of ideas.

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  • The Gold Standard 02 JUL 2012

    Mon, 2 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Paper money versus gold backed currencies. Simon Jack asks if our financial system would be more stable if money was pegged to gold rather than created at the touch of a button by private and central banks

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  • Eurogeddon II 25.06.12

    Mon, 25 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Disintegration or superstate? As the crisis deepens in the Eurozone, Chris Bowlby imagines the EU's future. What will happen to borders, cash movements and political power?

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  • Cameron's Swede Dreams 18.06.12

    Mon, 18 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The "Swedish model" of welfare was once a left wing obsession. Now it's a Tory one too. Jo Fidgen investigates the truth about Sweden's welfare state and its lessons for Britain.

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  • Wasted Youth 11 June 2012

    Mon, 11 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    School leavers struggled to find work even in the boom years. Paul Johnson of the IFS asks why employers have become so unwilling to take on young people

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  • Steve Keen - why economics is bunk 4 May 2012

    Mon, 4 Jun 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Newsnight Economics Editor Paul Mason interviews the controversial economist Steve Keen before an audience at the LSE. Keen was one of the few who predicted the 2008 crash.

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  • Middle East: too soon for democracy? 28.05.12

    Mon, 28 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Edward Stourton explores the prospects for post-revolution government, following the Arab Spring. Elections are being held, but can voters be sure autocratic rule is in the past?

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  • Preparing for Eurogeddon 20.05.12

    Thu, 24 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As Greece teeters on the brink of ejection from the Eurozone, Chris Bowlby reveals the scenarios likely to follow a return to the Drachma. Originally broadcast in February 2012

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  • What is money? 26 Mar 12

    Mon, 26 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is the value of money determined by anything more than our willingess to believe in it? Frances Stonor Saunders tries to understand the fundamentals.

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  • War Gaming Iran 19 Mar 12

    Mon, 19 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Can war between Iran and the West over Iran's nuclear programme be averted? Leading Israeli, Iranian, American and British voices speak to BBC Analysis; Edward Stourton examines the West's options.

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  • Nassim Taleb - Downing Street guru 12 Mar 12

    Mon, 12 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb is Downing Street's favourite intellectual. Janan Ganesh of The Economist investigates his appeal.

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  • Neue Labour 02 Mar 12

    Mon, 5 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Should Germany be the model for our future economy? Some British politicians, especially in the Labour party, think so. Matthew Taylor, a former policy adviser to Tony Blair, asks whether this is realistic.

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  • America - The Right Way 27 Feb 12

    Mon, 27 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The American primaries - Justin Webb explores what they reveal about the state of the right in the US. Is the Republican party really split? Has a radical wing taken over? What does the American right offer in the post financial crisis world - that might enthuse Americans and perhaps the rest of us too? And is the party ready to lead again?

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  • Profits before pay 20 Feb 12

    Mon, 20 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Wages have failed to rise in line with profits since the early 1980s. Duncan Weldon, a senior economist at the Trades Union Congress, goes in search of the possible causes.

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  • Preparing for Eurogeddon 13 Feb 12

    Mon, 13 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Europe thinks the unthinkable - what happens if the Eurozone splits. What would happen to the banking sector, how would a new currency be put in place, can contagion be halted, and more fundamentally could the Euro survive? Chris Bowlby runs through some of the scenarios of what may happen if a country were to withdraw, and, crucially, what would happen next.

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  • Sheikh Rachid Gannouchi 06 Feb 12

    Mon, 6 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    After the Arab Spring, Islamic parties have won elections: should the world fear or trust them? Sheikh Rachid Gannouchi, an influential Islamist thinker, just returned from London to Tunis and won elections. Owen Bennett-Jones investigates his ideas combining Islam and democratic values.

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  • Do Schools Make a Difference? 30 Jan 12

    Mon, 30 Jan 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    New school league tables have been brought in by the government to help parents choose - but do we really know what makes a good school? And how far can schools transform the lives of its pupils?

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  • Capitalists Against the Super Rich 23 Jan 12

    Mon, 23 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Defenders of capitalism are turning against the undeserving rich. Edward Stourton asks those on the centre-right who now condemn financial excess, what they would actually change?

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  • Analysis Extra: Dead Cert 19 Dec 11

    Mon, 19 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Certainty: is the lust for it a sin? And if so, should politics fear for its soul? Michael Blastland makes a plea for policy makers to be less sure of themselves in "Dead Cert", originally broadcast on 6 November 2008. We hope you enjoy this programme - which we offer you while Analysis is off air.

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  • Analysis Extra: A Price Worth Paying? 28 Nov 11

    Mon, 28 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Banks are underwritten by the government in Britain. But should the taxpayer bail out so-called casino banks? In a programme previously broadcast on 1 February 2010 - Edward Stourton talks to the growing band of experts who believe that risk-taking investment banks should be forced to face the consequences of their losses. We hope you enjoy this programme - which we offer you while Analysis is off air.

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  • Martin Wolf: New Global Economics 2 21 Nov 11

    Mon, 21 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the Financial Times asks what changes are neeeded to the global financial system if the world is to fully recover from the worst economic crisis since the depression of the 1930s. Contributors include: Larry Summers, of Harvard and former member of Barack Obama's economic team; Zhu Min, deputy managing director, IMF and formerly of the Bank of China and Adair Turner, FSA chairman. Producer: Sandra Kanthal Editor: Stephen Chilcott

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  • Martin Wolf: New Global Economics 1 14 Nov 11

    Tue, 15 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the Financial Times, examines how the world economy has changed since the beginning of the financial crisis four years ago. Contributors include US Treasury Secretary Timonthy Geithner, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and FSA chairman Adair Turner.

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  • The Darwin Economy 14 Nov 11

    Mon, 14 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Professor Robert Frank tells an audience at the LSE that Darwin was a greater economist than Adam Smith. Newsnight's economics editor, Paul Mason, asks him to explain why.

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  • Do Leaders Make a Difference? 07 Nov 11

    Mon, 7 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    We talk much of personal leadership being the key to change in, say, politics or business. But how much can such figures really influence events? Michael Blastland investigates.

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  • A New Black Politics? 13 Oct 11

    Mon, 31 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Goodhart meets the politicians who claim to advocate on behalf of Britain's black communities and asks how the ideologies of black politics have changed since the 1980s. The programme hears from David Lammy MP, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Tory activist Shaun Bailey, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Trevor Phillips, 1980s Black Sections politician Linda Bellos, and Stafford Scott, who was a community leader during the time of the 1985 Tottenham riots."

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  • Cultural Diplomacy 24 Oct 11

    Mon, 24 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Frances Stonor Saunders investigates how the UK government uses culture as a tool of soft power and asks whether it does any good for culture or diplomacy.

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  • Euroscepticism Uncovered 17 Oct 11

    Mon, 17 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As opinion polls suggest that half of Britons would vote to leave Europe altogether, Edward Stourton asks if the political class is now catching up with public opinion on the EU. The programme hears from several Eurosceptic Conservative MPs who feel that the issue is so sensitive that they want to remain anonymous. Edward Stourton also questions Conservative Home's Tim Montogomerie, former Chancellor Norman Lamont, Blue Labour peer Lord Glasman, and Director of the People's Pledge Mark Seddon."

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  • Hezbollah 10 Oct 11

    Mon, 10 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Owen Bennett Jones looks at the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah, regarded by some in the West as terrorists and others in the Middle East as a resistance organisation.

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  • Aid or Immigration? 03 Oct 11

    Mon, 3 Oct 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The government is committed to protecting the aid budget. Frances Cairncross asks if actually cutting state aid and relaxing immigration controls is a better way to combat poverty.

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  • Libya's Islamic Capitalists 26 Sep 11

    Mon, 26 Sep 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    With Colonel Gaddafi gone, Hugh Miles asks if Libya could transform itself into an Islamic capitalist model for the entire Middle East.

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  • Non-Riotous Behaviour 19 Sep 11

    Mon, 19 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    On the topic of riots, philosopher Roger Scruton tells us, "What needs explaining is why they don't occur, not why they do." Presenter Jamie Whyte searches for some answers.

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  • Keynes vs Hayek - The LSE Debate 3 AUG 2011

    Wed, 3 Aug 11

    Duration:
    44 mins

    John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek are regarded as two of the twentieth century’s greatest economists. Modern day followers came together at the London School of Economics to debate the ideas of their intellectual heroes. The event was chaired by BBC Newsnight Economics Editor, Paul Mason.

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  • Unsure about Sure Start 11 Jul 11

    Mon, 11 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The government says that despite budget cuts it is committed to Sure Start Children's Centres - one of the defining policies of the New Labour era. But in this week's Analysis Fran Abrams asks what the service - loved by parents - has really done for their kids.

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  • The SNP and Scotland 04 Jul 11

    Mon, 4 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Defying the downturn, Scotland seems to have free public services the rest of the UK is denied. Anne McElvoy assesses SNP plans to defy austerity Britain and assert independence.

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  • Is America Doomed? 27 Jun 2011

    Tue, 28 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Justin Webb asks whether the United States is capable of averting economic meltdown.

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  • Hague's Middle East 20 Jun 11

    Mon, 20 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Popular uprisings from Cairo to Damascus shook the West's longstanding foreign policy. Edward Stourton asks Foreign Secretary William Hague what the West will do next.

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  • Egypt's New Islamists 13 Jun 11

    Mon, 13 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Edward Stourton asks if the Egyptian revolution spells the end of old-style Islamism. As groups like the Muslim Brotherhood embrace democracy, how will they - and Egypt - change?

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  • Goodbye the Golden Eggs of Banking? 06 Jun 11

    Mon, 6 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With calls growing for Britain to rebalance its economy away from banking, Janan Ganesh asks if we should really be so hostile to the financial sector - and so warm to manufacturing.

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  • NHS Reform: Unhealthy Expectations? 30 May 11

    Mon, 30 May 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The government’s proposed changes to the NHS are prompting much political discussion. But is it all avoiding the real issue? Michael Blastland presents: ‘Unhealthy Expectations?’

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  • Blue Labour 21 Mar 2011

    Mon, 21 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Labour's traditional working class supporters are abandoning the party in their droves. But can Labour win them back without alienating the middle-class voters it needs to win the next election? David Goodhart explores the tensions between two traditions in the Labour movement - a liberal wing focussed on equality and diversity and a conservative strand that is more concerned with issues of solidarity and community.

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  • Muslims and Muscular Liberalism 14 Mar 2011

    Mon, 14 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Cameron has proposed a 'muscular liberalism'aimed at better integrating Britain's Muslims. It aims to counter the alienation that has led to a small minority of British Muslim men being prepared to mount terrorist attacks. David Walker asks what the new policy will mean on the ground.

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  • Emotional Intelligence in Schools 07 Mar 2011

    Mon, 7 Mar 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The concept of emotional intelligence has almost become a global ideology. It's taught in the majority of schools in England and is popular in Scotland and Wales too. But what exactly is emotional intelligence, can it really be developed and how sound are its scientific claims?

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  • Rethinking the Middle East 28 Feb 2011

    Mon, 28 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The autocratic regimes of North Africa & the Middle East enjoyed many years of military, political and financial support from the United States government. Dr Maha Azzam looks at the recent history of US involvement in the region and the role that Israel plays in US/Arab relations. As violence & unrest spread throughout the region, will US policy vary state-by-state depending on its own interests? Or will President Barack Obama embrace the pro-democracy protests wherever they emerge?

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  • The Orange Book: Clegg's Political Lemon? 21 Feb 2011

    Mon, 21 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Edward Stourton assesses where the Liberal Democrats' influential right wing is heading.

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  • The Big Society: 14 Feb 2011

    Mon, 14 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In this week's Analysis, Chris Bowlby looks at what happens when government plans for the Big Society meet reality.

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  • Radical Economics: Escaping Credit Serfdom 07 Feb 2011

    Mon, 7 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Did the expansion of credit create a new form of worker exploitation? Presented by BBC Newsnight economics editor Paul Mason.

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  • Yo Hayek! 31 Jan 11

    Mon, 31 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jamie Whyte looks at the free market Austrian School of FA Hayek. The global recession has revived interest in this area of economics, even inspiring an educational rap video.

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  • Onora O'Neill on Trust 24 Jan 2010

    Mon, 24 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The eminent political philosopher Onora O'Neill speaks to Edward Stourton about trust and mistrust - the subject of her 2002 BBC Reith Lectures.

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  • The Deserving and Undeserving Poor 15 Nov 2011

    Mon, 15 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Can a state welfare system ever distinguish between those who deserve help and those who do not? Presented by Chris Bowlby.

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  • Criminal Rehabilitation 8 Nov 2010

    Mon, 8 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Kenneth Clarke has promised a 'rehabilitation revolution' in which private investors will fund projects aimed at cutting the re-offending rate - but will it work? Rehabilitation is hardly a new idea and so far it seems most attempts have made little difference.

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  • Defence: No Stomach for the Fight? 01 Nov 2010

    Mon, 1 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With future defence under scrutiny Kenneth Payne asks: are we losing the will to wage war?

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  • A Secret History of Analysis 25 Oct 2010

    Mon, 25 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Analysis is 40 years old this year. Michael Blastland uncovers the intriguing cold war history of the BBC's most unashamedly intellectual current affairs programme.

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  • Turkey: Staying Secular Insha'Allah 18 Oct 2010

    Mon, 18 Oct 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Turkey is on the rise, economically and politically. Edward Stourton examines the apparent contradiction of its secular constitution and its government's Islamist roots.

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  • The Spirit Level 11 Oct 2010

    Mon, 11 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is inequality bad for society as a whole? Mukul Devichand tries to settle the statistical argument kicked off by the authors of The Spirit Level.

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  • Whatever Happened to Sisterhood? 04 Oct 2010

    Mon, 4 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Budget cuts will hit women three times harder than men. Why aren't feminists protesting?

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  • The Big Society 27 Sep 2010

    Mon, 27 Sep 10

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Anne McElvoy examines what the origins of the government's Big Society idea tell us.

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  • What's Wrong with Child Labour? 20 Sep 2010

    Mon, 20 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why does the idea of children earning money cause such unease? Presented by Fran Abrams.

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  • Foreigner Policy 08 Feb 2010

    Mon, 8 Feb 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    UK Immigration: were the unprecedented numbers of people migrating to Britain in the Labour era the result of a policy accident or design? In a programme originally broadcast on 8 February 2010, towards the end of the last parliament, David Goodhart looks at the arguments and ideology behind Labour’s immigration policy – including the claim that it pursued deliberate policy to increase diversity. We hope you enjoy this programme from the Analysis archive, which we offer you while Analysis is off air.

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  • Divorcing Europe 16 Nov 2009

    Mon, 16 Nov 09

    Duration:
    29 mins

    EU withdrawal is being seriously discussed for the first time in a generation. But how would it work? In a programme previously broadcast on 16 November 2009, Analysis looks at the Lisbon Treaty, which contains a clause setting out an exit process. But, as Chris Bowlby reports, the final deal between Britain and its former EU partners would depend a lot on the mood of their "divorce" - amicable or acrimonious. We hope you enjoy this programme - which we offer you while Analysis is off air.

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  • Is the Political Elite Losing Touch? 22 Jun 09

    Mon, 22 Jun 09

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Are the political elite losing touch with how most voters really live, asks Michael Blastland.

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  • Jackanory Politics 21 Feb 2008

    Thu, 21 Feb 08

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Storytelling is an art that our politicians are keen to use on us. But are their stories getting in the way of making the right decisions? Frances Stonor Saunders finds that the desire for a dramatic narrative arc can sometimes lead us to ignore the humdrum but important facts. The programme includes an interview with the late Philip Gould. We hope you enjoy this programme - which we offer you while Analysis is off air.

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