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Vol 27 No 4 2019

Free downloadIf the tide goes out

Editorial // Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, James Stafford

Regardless of the outcome of the election on 12 December, there can be no turning back the clock on Labour’s transformation into a party of thoroughgoing economic radicalism.

Free downloadThe international institutional turn: the missing ingredient in Labour’s new political economy

Feature // David Adler

Labour’s economic agenda combines radical redistribution with the construction of new institutions that hard-wire democracy and social justice into Britain’s political economy. But its ambition remains largely national in scope. What policies could bring about an ‘international institutional turn’?

Free downloadWhy Labour must be the party of migration justice

Essay // Nathan Akehurst

In a world where progressive and conservative governments alike are clamping down on migrants, Labour must prioritise a radical commitment to justice for migrants.

Nationalism, the mob and left dreams

Essay // Malcolm James, Sivamohan Valluvan

The left cannot and should not compete with the right’s nationalist politics; but the current ‘clamour for nationalism’ does also suggest a popular desire for a form of politics more ambitious than the inhibited technocracies of the 1990s/2000s. The left must construct a coherent anti-nationalist politics allied to a vision big enough to meet the scale of the current crisis.

Free downloadDeliberative democracy and the devolution of power in Camden

Feature // Georgia Gould, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite

Deliberative democracy has the power to counteract division and lack of trust in politics, deliver more radical solutions to problems, and involve communities in tackling those problems. We talk to Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council, about the transformative potential of deliberative democracy at a local level.

The unexpected return of alienation: job dissatisfaction, ‘burnout’ and work estrangement in the NHS

Essay // Jill Manthorpe, Steve Iliffe

The concept of alienation has made a comeback in debates about rising job dissatisfaction and burnout in the health service. A Labour government could address these issues by empowering health workers.

Free downloadInclusive Ownership Funds: a transatlantic agenda for transformative change

Roundtable // Mathew Lawrence

Bernie Sanders and the UK Labour Party have both committed to a radical new policy on worker share ownership: Inclusive Ownership Funds. By giving workers new rights over the wealth they create and the firms that they work for, IOFs can set us on the path to the democratic economy we need.

Democratic employee ownership and challenging the ideology of ‘shareholder value’

Roundtable // Lenore Palladino

Bernie Sanders has recently proposed mandatory employee ownership trusts for all large and all publicly-traded companies. This could help rebalance the distribution of wealth, and also has the potential to challenge the narrow ideology of ‘shareholder value’ that has dominated in the past four decades.

Pitfalls and promises for workplace democracy

Roundtable // Michael A. McCarthy

If democracy in the firm were organised on the right principles, it could have profound consequences for corporate influence on politics as a whole.

Inclusive Ownership Funds – a trade union perspective

Roundtable // Janet Williamson

Inclusive Ownership Funds can play an important role in creating a corporate governance system that would support inclusive and sustainable companies, as part of a package of measures, including strengthening collective bargaining and putting workers on company boards.

Public ownership and the socialisation of production in the German Revolution of 1918-19

Essay // Nicholas Vrousalis

Labour’s current discussion of ‘public ownership’ has much to learn from early twentieth-century debates about the ‘socialisation’ of production and the relationship between economic and political democracy.

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