Political Economy

Although the riots in the UK were triggered by the suspicious shooting of Mark Duggan, everyone agrees that they express a deeper unease – but of what kind?

These are not hunger or bread riots. These are riots of defective and disqualified consumers.

A summary of the findings of a study called ‘Austerity and Anarchy: Budget Cuts and Social Unrest in Europe 1919-2008 by Jacopo Pontecelli and Hans-Joachim Voth of Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Malaise among Britain’s urban poor is nothing new. So why did it finally tip into widespread, terrifying violence?
The fires of London and elsewhere have links with what at first glance might appear to be dissimilar events in many other countries.
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