My name is Dean Machin. Since May 2016 I have worked for the University of Portsmouth as the Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Policy Adviser. From 2012-15 I taught in the Philosophy Department at UCL and from 2009-12 I was a Leverhulme Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick. My academic specialism was political philosophy particularly the relationship between political equality and social and economic equality.

From 2012-15 I also worked for David (now Lord) Willetts, I used to sit on the National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee (NSDEC), and in 2015 I wrote a report for the Social Mobility Commission on data-sharing.

This blog, now slightly out of date, has a simple motivation: political ideas are important. They shape our politics, and citizens and politicians invoke them all the time. Political philosophers take political ideas very seriously so we should be able to say interesting things about topical political issues. Others must judge whether this blog succeeds.

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