Building Blocks: For a new political economy

Compass

Monday, 11 August 2014

Today we’ve published Building Blocks: for a new political economy. The publication is the result of an ambitious project where we’ve attempted to join the dots of a new economy from the bottom up; from the enterprise, to the local, the national and up to the European.

Of course ‘a new political economy’ is a daunting task but as the economy isn’t working for the vast majority of people or the planet we felt we needed to be ambitious. We held a conference in 2013 where we brought together a group of economists, activists, trade unionists, experts and interested parties to discuss and debate what economic reform should and could look like. That conference as well as numerous conversations and input from members and supporters fed into the final report.

Each essay tackles these questions of equality, democracy and sustainability independently. However, together they paint a more coherent picture of what economic reform could look like and draw on similar economic and social traditions.

What next?

• Let us know what you think about this report – what you liked and what you didn’t?
• Let us know what the next steps you think Compass or others need to take?
• And let us know how you can help?
• In particular we would like to develop its work and thinking on the notion of a democratic economy – what are the new forms of ownership and control of enterprises and finance that.

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