Below is a list of research papers, reports and other publications from Ekklesia dating back to 2004. Click on the title for more information on each publication, and a link through to the item itself where available. You might also like to sign up for our award winning weekly research bulletin which will ensure you are kept up-to-date with the very latest research from Ekklesia.

Research papers in the category Education and Culture.

  • 14 Mar 2012

    Ekklesia welcomes a referendum on Scottish self-governance and the positive debate this can help create on the constitution, reformation and governance of the constituent nations and jurisdictions of what is presently designated the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In this document we outline the responses we have given to questions posed in the UK Government's consultation, which ended on 9 March 2012, concerning the authorisation, conduct, monitoring, content and timing of the referendum on Scottish independence. Our underlying view - based on the moral principles of subsidiarity - is that these matters should be shaped and determined by the people of Scotland under the auspices of their elected Parliament, in consultation with Westminster. Parallel comments have been made by Ekklesia to the Scottish Government's consultation on the referendum, ending on 11 May 2012.

  • 21 Feb 2012

    The Arab awakening or sahwa that was initially dubbed an Arab spring began with an idea (fikra) that morphed into a movement (haraka) across a wide region and is now in painful search of clear and coherent policies (siyasa) that deliver a future vision. In this essay, based on his own ongoing research and expert commentary, Ekklesia associate, church adviser and international lawyer Dr Harry Hagopian offers an overview and analysis of the Middle East and North Africa region at the beginning of 2012. He sees reasons to be hopeful, but also to be concerned and sensitive to the complexities and ambiguities involved.

  • 14 Feb 2012

    The Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) which has returned to the House of Lords on 14 February 2012, before its final passage to Royal Assent, is seen by those living at the sharp end of society (not least disabled and sick people) as a significant threat to their livelihood. These issues have been addressed in detail elsewhere on Ekklesia. This briefing paper by Sue Marsh, co-author of the Spartacus Report ('Responsible Reform') on Disability Living Allowance, examines * Financial Privilege. * Constitutional Convention. * The net fiscal implications of Welfare Reform Bill amendments. * The wider implications for future reform of the House of Lords.

  • 08 Jan 2012

    This report, written by disabled people themselves, and based on an analysis of some 500 responses to the UK government's consultation on its planned Disability Living Allowance (DLA) changes and cuts, illustrates that the coalition's proposed 'reforms' lack both support and credibility. 'Responsible Reform' shows that the government's DLA consultation breached the government's own code of practice and was "highly misleading". The material used here has been made public only as a result of disabled people requesting to see it under the Freedom of Information Act. Key findings include:
    * 98 per cent of respondents object to the qualifying period for benefits being raised from three months to six months
    * 99 per cent of respondents object to Disability Living Allowance no longer being used as a qualification for other benefits
    * 92 per cent oppose removing the lowest rate of support for disabled people.
    In all three cases, as well as many others, London's Conservative Mayor, Boris Johnson, has also objected to the proposed changes. The Welfare Reform Bill will be disastrous for sick and disabled people, says joint author Sue Marsh. It is not too late for a government rethink. Members of the House of Lords are being urged to back an adjournment debate calling for a pause of at least six months.

  • 31 Dec 2011

    It is just over twelve months since the ‘Arab Spring’ took off in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), on 17 December 2010, in a spontaneous eruption of deep indignation but also of high expectation. In this personal paper, regional specialist Dr Harry Hagopian assesses the breadth and depth of the changes that have taken place. Today, many vested interests are still clutching to power under different guises. We are now dealing with uncertain outcomes that hold both promise and despair, he reports. We have entered new territory where the old imposed truths are no longer the only tradable commodity, where the European colonial borders for some of those artificial or adventive entities are crumbling under popular pressure and where the rules of the game have changed drastically. There is darkness in many of the events we have seen unfolding over the past 12 months, but also hope, he suggests.