Columns & Interviews

Brad DeLong

Jobs And The Rise Of The Robots

For decades, people have been predicting how the rise of advanced computing and robotic technologies will affect our lives. On one side, there are warnings that robots will displace humans in the economy, destroying livelihoods, especially for … Read More

Joseph Stiglitz

Europe’s Austerity Disaster

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other pro-austerity European leaders appear to believe. Though … Read More

Denis McShane

What Labour Policy For Europe?

Labour already has its most important policy in place on Europe. In an act of remarkable political courage Ed Miliband has rejected a copy-cat plebiscite to match David Cameron’s Brexit referendum of 2017. It is important not to underestimate the … Read More

Jon Cruddas

One Nation – Labour’s Political Renewal

The SPD in Germany are part of the Grand Coalition Government with 26 per cent of the vote. The Social Democrats in Sweden form a minority government with 31 per cent of the vote. In the 2010 General Election, after 13 years in Government, the … Read More

John Kay

No Vote Makes Scottish Independence More Likely

The reaction in Westminster and the City of London to the No vote in the Scottish referendum on independence has been one of relief. This is a big mistake. First, votes of 55 per cent to 45 per cent do not resolve issues for very long. The campaign … Read More

Rene Cuperus

The Secret Mission Of Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans is now Juncker’s number two in the new European Commission. Formally in charge of ‘Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights,’ his more difficult undertaking will likely … Read More

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An Interview With Stefan Löfven

Last week, voters in Sweden chose to end eight years of conservative rule and replace the incumbent Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, with the leader of the Social Democratic Party, Stefan Loefven. In an election with turnout of over 85 percent, the … Read More


Bela Galgoczi

Europe’s Fading Climate Policy Ambitions

Europe is losing momentum in greening its economy, and its former leadership in this area is eroding rapidly. Indeed, after a 60% drop in clean energy investment in 2013 compared to the 2011 peak, Europe has become the global laggard in this … Read More

Henning Meyer

Scotland: The Morning After The Night Before

So, the decision is taken! After a frantic final period of campaigning Scottish voters eventually declined the offer of independence and opted to stay part of the United Kingdom. In the end, the result was not as close as the polls leading up to … Read More

News & Events

Andrew Gamble

The Politics Of Markets

This lecture by Andrew Gamble of Cambridge University, held at the University of Westminster, reflects on recent trends in the role of markets in contemporary, cross-national forms of neoliberalism. Have something to add to this story? Share it in … Read More

Mariana Mazzucato

Finance For Innovation

How can the financial system be reformed so it engages less in doubtful or outright counterproductive activities but focuses much more on enabling innovation and other productive activities? This was the going question of a major conference organised … Read More

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