All entries for February 2006

February 28, 2006

Economists call on Child Support Agency to "replace" dead beat Dads

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Researchers at the University of Warwick and the University of Kent are calling on the Child Support Agency (CSA) to replace "dead beat" Dads. Where fathers fail to pay a CSA assessment – The CSA itself should simply pay mothers the amount due. This would create a sharp financial incentive for the CSA itself to be more active in pinning down recalcitrant fathers. They would have to have new powers (and be prepared to use existing powers) to effect compliance and seek new effective powers such as mandatory withholding via the tax system.

February 15, 2006

New Podcast: Analysing the Danish Cartoons Crisis.

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The publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten has triggered violent protests across the world. The cartoons, which have been reprinted in a number of European papers, have angered Muslims and focussed attention on the fragile relationships between Islamic countries and the West.

Do the cartoons represent a fundamental difference in the religious and cultural values of the two communities or is the current crisis the latest manifestation of a more earthly tribalism between national and regional interests? Does our shared cultural and philosophical heritage mean we actually have more in common than might be immediately apparant?

Dr. Hisham Hellyer is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick. After completing degrees in Law and International Political Economy, he completed a doctoral study of the European Union and its Muslim populations that was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and due to be published in 2006 under the title of "The European 'Other'". A research consultant and social policy analyst, Dr Hellyer is presently engaged in research on contemporary Muslim communities.

February 06, 2006

Researchers Find Dashboard Switches Swings Customer Choice of £50,000 Cars

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Researchers in the University of Warwick's Warwick Manufacturing Group have been working with Ford's Premier Automotive Group to capitalize on the fact that the mere feel of the switches on a £1000 dashboard could be the deciding factor in whether customers purchase £35,000 to £55,000 luxury cars or remain loyal to the luxury car brand they first purchase.

February 01, 2006

Understanding the Iranian Nuclear Crisis

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New Warwick Podcast:

Tension between Iran and the International Community is increasing with negotiations over Iran's nuclear capability at the heart of a growing diplomatic crisis. With the likely recommdendation that Iran be referred to the UN Security Council for supposed breaches of its nuclear obligations the next few weeks will be cruicial in determining the outcomes of this latest confrontation.

The current crisis is the culmination of years of Iranian nuclear development and diplomatic efforts on the part of the EU, the US and the UN. The history of the crisis and its implications for the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty are complex and go to the heart of the future ability of the International Community to regulate and monitor nuclear activity.

Dr Daniel Joyner is a Lecturer in International Law at the Warwick Law School. Dr Joyner is an expert in public international law in the security context, with particular interest in the area of proliferation studies, including nonproliferation treaties and regimes, issues of international trade and export control law, use of force law, and international legal theory.

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