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Magistrates have been at the heart of the justice system for over 600 years, dispensing justice at the local level and binding people to keep the peace. They do their work for free. The arrangement should be seen as a model for a 'big society' and the voluntary service which the Coalition seeks to promote.
Philipp Rother, Ludger Schuknecht and Jürgen Stark
Across the world economies face unprecedented levels of public debt. Moves must be made to balance the books. Most economists agree that fiscal consolidation will, in the long term, be beneficial. It will bring economic growth, helping to restore the fiscal position. But fears remain for the short term on Keynesian grounds: consolidation could prompt an adverse impact on demand and so damage economic recovery.
In Populism and Democracy: Politics in the Public Interest, John Marenbon, a fellow of Trinity College Cambridge, argues that populism is now the dominant force in British politics. But most people recognise it as a bad trend, which often leads to decisions damaging to the people’s best interests. Dr Marenbon explores the fine line that divides populism from democracy, and explains how populist measures are often justified as democratic.
Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, has announced that more prisoners will be trained to find a job on release. In that way re-offending will be cut. But, says Politeia’s new study, the system itself must be transformed if the policy is to be effective. The authors, who themselves have turned prisoners’ lives around, explain the obstacles to be tackled and propose the way forward.