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Why Education Reformers Can’t Just Ignore Democracy

 Democracy sucks. When an intelligent leader loves their people and has a clear vision for getting to utopia, having to explain your point so that people will vote for you is a massive inconvenience. All that voting and debating: it’s expensive, it slows down your brilliant plans and what if – after all that effort – the …

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Measuring Wellbeing and the Potential for Democratic Engagement

Wellbeing measures are increasingly popular around the world. David Cameron himself went into the last election promising to develop a national approach to measuring wellbeing. However, whilst the ONS has been developing a set of measures, policy makers’ interest in well-being seems to have been eclipsed by a myopic prioritisation of deficit reduction. At their best, wellbeing …

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