Columns & Interviews

Marc Saxer

The Middle Classes In The Vertigo Of Change

Tahrir, Thaksim, Maidan. Hundreds of thousands are protesting around the world. From Tunesia to Thailand, from Ukraine to Egypt, governments are overthrown. The images resemble each other. What do leaders with such vastly different ideologies such as … Read More

Jon Cruddas

The Politics Of Radical Hope

I’ll begin with a story. One that dominates the philosopher Jonathan Lear’s brilliant book, ‘Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation’. It is about the Crow Indians. A story about what happens when the economy of a society is … Read More

Robert Reich

The Rebirth Of Stakeholder Capitalism?

In recent weeks, the managers, employees, and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called “Market Basket” have joined together to oppose the board of director’s decision earlier in the year to oust the chain’s popular chief executive, … Read More

Jan-Werner Müller

Erdoğan And The Paradox Of Populism

The triumph of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey’s first direct presidential election is no surprise. Erdoğan is popular, and, as Prime Minister since 2003, he has been riding a wave of economic success. But he is also a populist, who has steadily … Read More

Blogs

Simon Wren-Lewis

Balanced Budget Fundamentalism

Europeans, and particularly the European elite, find popular attitudes to science among many across the Atlantic both amusing and distressing. In Europe we do not have regular attempts to replace evolution with ‘intelligent design’ on school … Read More

David Lizoain

Charting Decline In Europe

Two years have passed since Mario Draghi promised to do "whatever it takes" to save the euro. The bond markets have calmed down but the crisis of the euro zone has not yet abated. Isolated pieces of positive information do not automatically imply a … Read More

Robert Reich

Work, Worth And Wages

What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society. Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine … Read More

Simon Wren-Lewis

If Minimum Wages, Why Not Maximum Wages?

I was in a gathering of academics the other day, and we were discussing minimum wages. The debate moved on to increasing inequality, and the difficulty of doing anything about it. I said why not have a maximum wage? To say that the idea was greeted … Read More

News & Events

jon cruddas

Progressive Politics For A New Era

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Daggenham in East London and Head of UK Labour's Policy Review, describes his idea of progressive politics for a new era. Talking at the RSA, he argues that decisive election victories only come when a party has been able … Read More

Robert Reich

The Politics And Economics Of Inequality

Robert Reich has recently given an inspiring lecture at the Aspen Ideas Festival. This is the Aspen Institue's description of the lecture: Some inequality of income and wealth is inevitable, if not necessary. If an economy is to function well, … Read More

Robert Polin

Community Banking Without Wall Street

In this very interesting interview with the Real News Network Robert Polin, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, explains what the US Fed could do to strengthen local communities 5 years after the Great Recession … Read More