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Beyond Monopoly Socialism


By Neal Lawson

This paper was written to help the Labour Party think through its approach to power so it can build relationships with other parties and forces it is bound to require if it is not just to gain office but have and use power for transformative effect. Equally this was written so that Green,...

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This thinkpiece makes the case for radical liberalism in today's political context. Paul Pettinger and Chris Bowers make the case that the Lib Dems should embrace and advance radical social liberal values, such as seeking the devolution of power as well as wealth, and empowering people as...

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The old economic order is dying morally and practically. To build a new one we need not just different forms of ownership for more social purpose, but workers with rights underpinned by a new system of social security. Here Ursula Huws makes the case for a new Bill of Workers' Rights and a new...

Good London report


By Catriona Cowie-Fraser and Jacqui Howard

The Good London project addressed how rising inequality and rapid change are excluding too many Londoners from a good life. The project started with a single question: what kind of city do you want to live in? At the heart of Good London was the intention to question how democracy operates in...

Compass annual position paper 2017


By Compass MC

This paper was circulated to Compass members in advance of the AGM in November. It was then debate and passed, along with any accepted amendments at the AGM on Saturday 4th November 2017.

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What is the Progressive Alliance?


By Sue Goss

After the vote for Brexit, interest in the idea of a ‘Progressive Alliance’ accelerated. It became The Progressive Alliance during the Richmond Park by-election almost a year ago when some progressive parties and thousands of progressive voters combined to see the defeat of Zac Goldsmith....

This is an extended version of a contribution to a Compass session at The World Transformed at the Labour Party conference in Brighton in September 2017 with Clive Lewis MP, Lisa Nandy MP, Hilary Wainwright and Jeremy Gilbert, on One more heave or hegemony? It forms part of Compass’ thinking...

Compass Annual Report 2016-17


By Frances Foley

Our year 2016/17 in review! Look back over Compass' work over the past few months, as we reflect on our biggest year yet. Includes a report on all our projects, campaigns and our local activities.

The way we think about and relate to the state has altered little in over a 100 year. It is a machine to be controlled, largely from London, so we can do good things to people. Almost 100 years ago the radical feminist and management theorist Mary Parker Follett published her seminal text The...

Whether the next general election is sooner or later, it will be hotly contested. Is Labour's surprise showing in June 2017 a base to build from or a high watermark? Should the party go for a one more heave approach to get over the line or adopt a more hegemonic and alliance-based approach? This...

Few issues divide progressives more than Brexit. There is a progressive case for Brexit, for Remain and for respecting a democratic decision. Somehow we have to find our way between all of them – and quite fast. Compass doesn’t have a line on Brexit, although we have always been...

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In recent decades, we have seen a sharp polarisation emerge between communitarian and cosmopolitan concerns. While recognising cultural and material differences between different sections of society, Compass is keen to explore what unites and binds people and how we manage the tensions between...

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