(Eastern) promises of transformation The 2019 Labour Manifesto promises to set up a Sustainable Development Board, a National Transformation Fund, National and Regional Development Banks, and a Local Transformation Fund. It aims to commit three percent of GDP to research and development. It signals an intention to keep as much of the production chain within […]Read More The 2019 Labour Manifesto: A Moderate Development Unorthodoxy in an Age of Total Capitalism
On Monday 26th March, the Labour Party launched its new policy paper on international development: A World for the Many not the Few. The paper aims to set out a radical and revitalised development strategy for the British government, based in five priority aims: a fairer global economy; a global movement for public services; a […]Read More A World for the Many not the Few? Modesty, policy, and the dangers of the global-liberal consensus.
The notion of a pension fund deficit is slippery. Currently, the USS pension scheme is not in deficit: in 2017, assets generated £2bn income and paid out £1.8bn to existing pensioners. This on the basis of a massive £60bn asset base. But, evaluations of the fund’s financial sustainability do not make a simple balance of […]Read More Rage against the machine
A new politics? On the 19th August I attended a Corbyn for leader rally in Sheffield city centre. It was unusual to attend such a large rally of the Left and with such a positive atmosphere. Usually it takes something awful to get left-leaning people on the streets en masse: an anti-racism event, stop the […]Read More Meeting Corbyn
Recently a Times columnist lamented what she terms as the rise of ‘gobbledegook’ in the teaching of Politics. This flippant but enthusiastic critique of academic teaching has been a good provocation for me to set out my thoughts on where the academic teaching and research of Politics (hereafter ‘Politics’) is at, and to do so […]Read More Academics, universities, politics, and publics.
It is perhaps the most enduring of ideological mainstays that capitalism is a good thing. What happens if we suspend this belief? Could it be that capitalism’s strengths are actually as worrisome as they are reassuring?Read More Assessing capitalism, or, a modest argument for socialism