Nick Pearce

  • Legacies and long shadows: will Theresa May succeed where Chamberlain failed?

    Birmingham has a square named after Joseph Chamberlain, its most famous politician, through which visitors to the Conservative Party conference will pass on their way up from rebuilt New Street station this week. Although the square is home only to...

  • Whatever happened to the soft left?

    The New Statesman led its Labour Party conference edition with a series of “New Times” pieces, in emulation of the 1988 Marxism Today special of that title. For people of a certain age, Marxism Today remains talismanic. It was where...

  • Colin Crouch: The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences

    The familiar axes of politics are changing, with momentous consequences, argues Colin Crouch From the time of the French Revolution, mass politics has revolved around two core conflicts: that between preferences for more or less economic inequality; and that between...

  • Trump and the "alt-right": a brief reader

    Donald Trump’s candidacy for the US Presidency, and in particular his recent appointment of Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of the right-wing media site Breitbart to head up his campaign, has brought fresh attention to the so-called “alt-right” in America....

  • Theresa May and the Varieties of Capitalism

    Rhetorical commitment to social justice has featured in every new Prime Minister’s No. 10 doorstep speech in recent years. Theresa May’s remarks were well crafted and confidently delivered but it is her commitment to economic reform, not social mobility and...

  • More Brexit...

    I have a piece in today's Observer, expanding on the issue of the political economy of Brexit. It is in a section on the choices that confront Labour on Brexit. You can read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/02/brexit-labour-divisions-way-forward Meanwhile, down under, the...

  • On the worldview of Dominic Cummings and Michael Gove

    Some years ago I wrote a blog on Dominic Cummings, an adviser to Michael Gove and one of the key architects of the Leave campaign. The blog focused on a long essay he had published on leaving the Department for...

  • The Political Economy of Brexit

    Sociological analyses of the vote to leave the EU have largely focused on the working class revolt in England & Wales: the rage of the hollowed out netherworlds of post-industrial Britain in which respect, status and the prospect of a...

  • The most influential text of late Victorian imperialism was J R Seeleys The Expansion of England

    The most influential text of late Victorian imperialism was J. R. Seeley’s The Expansion of England.  In it, Seeley, a Cambridge historian, argued that underneath the surface of British political history - the stories of the rise and fall of...

  • #I’m with her, and for him?

    An important factor in Hilary Clinton’s victory in the Democrats’ Presidential nomination race was the support she attracted from middle-aged and older women. As is well known, millennials broke for Bernie Sanders, but Clinton won the support of women in...