Politics & Economics

CAMPAIGN

Let’s get Labour to support fair votes!

Let’s get Labour to support fair votes!

Support is growing within the Labour Party for it to support proportional representation. Not only would this establish a much fairer voting system, it would also in the short term give Green & LibDem voters a good reason for voting Labour in seats where their own party doesn't stand much chance. Either fair votes or simply just tactical votes for Labour would give the UK a much better chance of getting away from right-wing Tory minority rule.

FUTURE GENERATIONS

Most politics is too short-term – can we fix that?

Protecting the Interests of Future Generations

Protecting the Interests of Future Generations

CUSP working paper

Survey of different ways political institutions can help us be good ancestors.

How can the Interests of Future Generations be Protected in the UK Political System? 

How can the Interests of Future Generations be Protected in the UK Political System? 

Different options for protecting future generations.

Welsh Government: Guide to the Wales Future Generations Act
Guest Article

Welsh Government: Guide to the Wales Future Generations Act

The Wales Act is widely looked to as a model for how to do it.

SHADES OF GREEN

There are many different responses to the climate & ecological crisis. Here are a few.

The meanings of ‘home’

The meanings of ‘home’

A response to Roger Scruton’s conservative approach to protecting the environment.

Green Politics and the Left

Green Politics and the Left

co-author, edited by John Blewitt

Neoliberalism, Corbynism, the market, and green politics.

Good Society / Green Society: The Red/Green Debate

Good Society / Green Society: The Red/Green Debate

Compass publication edited & co-authored by me and with many other contributions. Foreword by Caroline Lucas MP & Neal Lawson.

POLITICAL IDEAS

Basing society on market economics has huge costs. Thankfully there are alternatives.

Beyond “The Western Tradition”

Beyond “The Western Tradition”

Book review of 'A Wiser Politics' by Jean Hardy.

New Territory: Capitalism and Social Democracy in the 2020s

New Territory: Capitalism and Social Democracy in the 2020s

This pamphlet is a systematic analysis of the weaknesses of market society and how these provide openings for the competing politics of right-wing populism and a new type of social democracy.

Whatever happened to the libertarian left?

Whatever happened to the libertarian left?

I used to call myself a “libertarian socialist”. Now I find hardly anybody does. What did it mean and what is the meaning of its disappearance?

The Fall of Neoliberalism (2015)

The Fall of Neoliberalism (2015)

Neoliberalism is about extending the reach of market economics far beyond where it should go. This pamphlet systematically analyses why it undermines itself. 'New Territory' is an updated version of this pamphlet, 6 years on.

Renewing the fight for democracy. 

Renewing the fight for democracy. 

Why democracy is under pressure.

The Earth System – how far does it go?

The Earth System – how far does it go?

How political is ‘Earth System Governance’?

Does Future Earth Get the Big Picture? (2013)

Does Future Earth Get the Big Picture? (2013)

Why an initiative from scientists faces difficulties dealing with social science and politics.

Principles for Post-Covid Britain

Principles for Post-Covid Britain

with Jason Hickell & Rupert Read.

Multi-signature statement on what we learned from the lockdown.

POLITICAL STRATEGIES

How can we get a better future for the UK in the context of an unfair electoral system?

The Green case for a Progressive Pact:

The Green case for a Progressive Pact:

Debating the next election (2016) (with Molly Scott Cato, Rupert Read, Jonathan Essex, and Sara Parkin).

Progressive Alliance Revisited

Progressive Alliance Revisited

with Neal Lawson, Jonathan Essex, Sara Parkin, Rupert Read.

Looking back at the Progressive Alliance idea in the light of the 2017 general election results.

Critiquing ‘Common Cause’

Critiquing ‘Common Cause’

with Sam Earle & Rupert Read

Responses to an influential set of ideas based on a dubious understanding of “values”.

Paul Mason: After Corbynism (Dec 2019)
Guest Article

Paul Mason: After Corbynism (Dec 2019)

A pluralist left response to the 2019 general election defeat.

We Divide, They Conquer
Guest Article

We Divide, They Conquer

Compass pamphlet arguing for Progressive Alliance to defeat the Tories at the next election, and doing the maths.

Response: Why the Westminster lens is insufficient
Guest Article

Response: Why the Westminster lens is insufficient

‘We divide, they conquer’: Why Progressive Alliance is more complicated than it looks.

In response to the new Compass pamphlet on Progressive Alliance, Martin Stott points out some of the difficulties.

ECONOMIC GROWTH & ALTERNATIVE INDICATORS

There is more to life than GDP growth – but what are the alternatives?

Alternative Economic Indicators

Alternative Economic Indicators

Book about GDP and alternative ways to measure progress.

Growth, capitalism & ‘green economy’

Growth, capitalism & ‘green economy’

Do capitalist economies have to grow to survive?

Economic Growth and Economic Crisis

Economic Growth and Economic Crisis

How the 2008 crash was precipitated by the system’s dependence on economic growth.

HAZEL HENDERSON:
Guest illustration

HAZEL HENDERSON:

Layer cake diagram

A way to see how the economy is really structured.

ECONOMIC POLICY

Mainstream economics lags far behind the ecological/economic reality.

Turning Economics Inside Out

Turning Economics Inside Out

Manifesto-type article for the first issue of the International Journal of Green Economics.

Green Money:

Green Money:

Reclaiming Quantitative Easing

Report for Molly Scott Cato MEP on Green QE.

Never Waste a Good Crisis:

Never Waste a Good Crisis:

Using Brexit to reform the UK’s finance sector

Report for Molly Scott Cato MEP on the future of UK finance.

The Green New Deal:
Guest Article

The Green New Deal:

A Bill to make it happen (2019)

A plan for ecologically sustainable economic recovery in the UK.