This week's guest editors

Hungary's struggles for freedom and democracy

The greatest concern with regard to EU criticism aimed at influencing the political course of Hungary is that without a good understanding of the political realities, even the best intentions may unintentionally play into the hands of Jobbik. Meanwhile Government statements are meant to convince those who are disturbed by the usurpation of power to give up all hope for the next forty years. Now the situation is more complex and in a way more precarious than in 1956.

Living on borrowed time? The changing frontiers of the NHS debate

The author of 'The Plot Against the NHS' discusses the political struggle over England's national health service and considers what those determined to save it can still do.

Learning to work for nothing

If you want to know what the UK government's 'workfare' schemes really mean, ask the people who are doing them

'An excess of democracy'

Occupy and the direct action movements of today have much in common with the radical movements of the 1960s/70s. Can the new generation move beyond the successes and failures of the past, to develop an alternative political economy?

Regeneration: the launch of a new collection on intergenerational justice

A new collection of essays on intergenerational justice was launched in London with an open debate. Is the generational prism useful, and what are the distinctive challenges for the young?

Subterranean politics and the European debate

Subterranean European politics draws on a new meaning of Europe already visible in cross-border citizens’ mobilisations, civil society networks, trade union struggles; it has now to shape Europe’s politics and policy-making.

Netwar 2.0: the convergence of streets and networks

To the extent to which we are not witnessing a clash between two capitalisms but a process of reconfiguration realized through the hegemony of finance, information and circulation, the only way to change the current situation is through the autonomous organization of the multitude’s living labour in the streets and on the net.

Out of Time: bringing history to bear on economics and policy

If politicians learned from history, they could avoid repeating its policy mistakes.

A Tory feminist takes on an anarcha feminist

A three-part exchange between an anarcha feminist and Feminism for Tories blogger 'Clara X'.

Five things you need to know about the NHS bill

The NHS bill proposes a radical shake-up of England's health sector. Here are some key facts everyone should know.

The blame game

Problems of illegality and impropriety in Britain's financial industry go far beyond the casino operations and investment banks, they are a common part of the industry's culture.

Speaking with double tongues: what’s gone wrong in Hungary?

Now whoever asks a question is arrogantly refused the moral right of posing the question at all, and is actually faced with a threat that has been openly codified in law. That’s new. But Hungary's authoritarians still have to speak to the outside world in ‘European’. Europe is key.

Social democracy and Europe’s crisis

Elections in France in 2012, Germany in 2013, the European elections of 2014 and the ongoing negotiations for the reform of the EU’s multi-annual financial framework for the 2014-2020 period are opportunities. Whether socialists and social democrats will take advantage of them or not, remains to be seen.

The socio-economic foundations of Bahrain’s political crisis

A study of income inequality in Bahrain highlights the failure of the Government to extend its aid to those who need it most.

Cameron and the future of the Union: a forum

The Prime Minister has conceded that there will be a Scottish independence referendum and argued the case for the Union on these terms. This is a historic moment for Britain. openDemocracy asks its readers for their response in an open forum on the future of the Union.

Scottish self-government and the case for the union

The Prime Minister's Edinburgh speech on the Union was a historic moment for British politics. Now Scots must find their answer to his claim that Scotland in the Union is 'stronger, safer, richer and fairer'.

Paediatricians say: Drop the NHS Bill or you will damage children's health

In a letter to The Lancet 154 leading paediatricians call on the government to drop the Health and Social Care Bill

The Uneconomics guide to money creation

In it's latest book, "Where does money come from?", the New Economics Foundation provides one of the sharpest accounts of money creation in recent times. Can your high street bank really create money?

Can’t find a job in the UK? You’re not trying hard enough

Unemployment in Britain could reach 3 million this year, an entire new welfare-to-work industry has sprung up, and the Government still thinks its main task is to get the 'work shy' stacking shelves. Barbara Gunnell asks how, in this Government's vision, has a lack of jobs become the fault of the job seeker?

Financing the transition to a green economy

By keeping investments in clean energy off the agenda, the Kyoto process delayed by a decade any serious engagement with global warming. To get the transformation of capitalism on its way, a serious rethink of eco-investment finance is essential.

Why Businesses Should Learn to Govern

Many businesses are larger economic entities then most states. Therefore it is important for them to act responsibly in every way. Businesses should in fact learn to govern, not forced by law but by a positive sense of duty

Of incontinence pads and private equity

Recent revelations on the privatised health and elderly care sectors in Sweden make for an excellent example of the worst excesses that the profit-motive can lead to in formerly state-run sectors.

Inequality, robin hood, and a lobbying list of sorts... (Oligarchy Watch Part 2)

Democratic Audit continue their brief, thorough updates on the state of British governance.

Occupy London: not in decline, preparing for Spring

The mainstream media is itching to ring the funeral bells for Occupy London. Here, an occupier argues the movement is still going strong, and sets out plans for the coming months.
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