Why progressives have to develop a hegemonic politics for the 21st century. 

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Why progressives have to develop a hegemonic politics for the 21st century. 

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This is the fascinating story of Christian Wolmar's bid to become Labour's candidate for Mayor of London. It charts the highs and the lows, the strategic decisions and the people involved. It's a revealing piece that shines a light on what it's like to create a campaign from outside of the...

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We are in the middle of a contested transition between the forces of the corporate led market and the emerging forces of organised, productive and knowledgeable citizens. This thinkpiece outlines four powerful examples of where new forms of democracy have been created experimenting with a...


The Conservative government is now committed to introducing some form of English votes for English laws as soon as possible. The
Labour Party and the wider progressive community have to react strategically. This paper discusses how developing localism and devolution, establishing a constitutional...


This thinkpiece examines the possibility of introducing one or more social wealth funds in the UK. Such funds would aim to capture some of the financial gains from the private ownership of capital and use the proceeds for wider community benefit, such as investment in social infrastructure,...

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2015 was not like any other defeat. There are no safe places to go to, no easy answers and no comforting new leaders. There is only hard thinking in a process that must confront the party’s economic, political and cultural demons. Outside of Labour, progressive and radical politics is...


In this thinkpiece Ruth Lister explains why we need to move beyond statistics to understand the experience of poverty. She argues that we need to appreciate how people in poverty are 'othered' and as a result we need to truly acknowledge their agency.


This collection of short essays builds on thinking over the last few years – especially thinking in and around Labour and its policy review. The assembled authors share a trust in people to shape the state and see handing control over to people as essential to the redesign of the 21st Century...

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This document serves as the policy detail appendices to the final report of the Compass Education Inquiry, ‘Big Education’. They provide more context, analysis and policy detail to the overview contained in that report.

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Big Education: learning for the 21st century is the result of two years of conversations with students, teachers, parents, experts, members and supporters. The idea of ‘Big’ came to us as we surveyed the narrow, restricted and directed system of education we have – instead we wanted...


This short publication is designed for activists campaigning for environmental and social justice. It explains why sustainability, greater equality and social justice are interlinked and can only be achieved through a broader political project for a Good Society. In practical terms it aims to...

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