serious questions have to be asked about our economic model if, year after year, it is not raising the living standards of the majority; if it undermines, rather than underpins, family life and the strength of our communities; if there is no challenge to the idea that a narrow view of markets must always trump the richer values of human relationships and the broader social meaning of work
Editorial // Hopi Sen
The New Labour settlement collapsed under the pressure of a fiscal squeeze. We now need a Labour mission that functions without the comfort of a painless expansion of public spending.
Feature // John Denham
Addressing the challenges of the squeezed middle, the British promise, and fraying communities will need an economy that looks and feels very different to today’s.
Feature // Mariana Mazzucato
The only way to make growth ‘fairer’ is for policy makers to have a broader understanding of the role played by the state in the fundamental risk-taking needed for innovation.
The short-lived return of Keynes
Feature // Roger Backhouse, Bradley Bateman
Keynes reminds us that it is possible, and perhaps essential, to hold a view of capitalism that is richer and more critical than the one that prevails today.
Feature // Colin Crouch, Daniel Leighton
The salient fact about the financial crisis to date is that both the power and the narrative of neo-liberalism remain intact. Colin Crouch provides a guide for the perplexed.
Building a movement against the cuts
Feature // Adam Ramsay
The last year has seen astounding protests in Britain, Europe and around the world. But we will need to build campaign machinery and structures capable of mobilising vast and deep power.
Feature // Gregor Gall
There is at least the possibility that the economistic and material struggle to defend public services could help rekindle the ideological struggle to reassert social democracy.
Feature // Gavin Hayes
The litmus test of any Party reform programme should be whether the leadership is willing to hand power back to the membership at large.
Punch and Judy politics
Feature // Richard Toye
Ed Miliband should appreciate that the quest for the centre ground needs to be pursued on the terms of the left, not on the terms of those others who now claim to occupy it.
Feature // Robert Saunders
Traditionally, the Labour Party has founded its appeal, not simply on lists of policies, but on a vision of the good society and a critique of the times in which it lives.
Commentary // Tim Horton, Marc Stears
Does ‘Blue Labour’ fetishise local democratic action at the expense of national institutions and identities?
Blue Labour and the limits of social democracy
Commentary // Ed Rooksby
Blue Labour’s analysis of the Labour tradition and the contemporary political conjuncture runs into the familiar dilemma of how to manage capitalism and, simultaneously, radically reconfigure it.
Retrieving the public sphere
Essay // Robert Tinker
The News Of The World scandal raises questions about public life itself – its functions, value and potency – that are little discussed today.
Renewing the case for electoral reform
Essay // Jacqui Briggs
One way the argument for electoral reform might be renewed - and the campaign rebuilt - is by highlighting the prospects that it could improve the representation of women.
Catherine Needham: Personalisation
Review // David Rowland
Why has personalisation been seized on by all major parties as the future for welfare provision?
Review // Noel Thompson
An authoritative assemblage of progressive proposals provokes an unnerving sense of déjà vu.
Marian Barnes: Subversive Citizens
Review // Catherine Needham
What really happens on the mythic ‘front-line’ of public services?
David Marquand: The End of the West
Review // Andy Tarrant
The task of building a Europe which can act on the international stage is urgent.
Nicholas Shaxson: Treasure Islands
Review // Matthew Richmond
How corporate giants and the super-rich found space to grow in the cracks of a globalising world.