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Pentonville 2 Fixing the windows

“If you don’t fix the first broken windows, soon all the windows will be broken.” Those are the words of American political scientist, James Q. Wilson, one of those behind the ‘broken windows theory’ on the impact of the environment on crime. According to Wilson, if a few broken windows on a street were left unrepaired, more serious vandalism tended to follow...

Tackling social inequality

We read with interest Jon Lawrence’s critique of Family & Kinship in East London - the oft-cited seminal ethnographic study of working class life in Bethnal Green authored by our founder Michael Young and Peter Willmott.

The Paradise Papers and the case for wealth taxes

For me, the most interesting part of the Paradise Papers offshore leak was an offhand comment about a tax payment made seventy years ago.

The leak revealed that the Grosvenor estate in central London, owned by the Duke of Westminster’s family...

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