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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy's mainsite editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Free eBook: New Thinking for the British Economy

openDemocracy publishes a new eBook outlining a new vision for Britain's economy.

There is an alternative to neoliberalism – in Britain and beyond

Laurie Macfarlane introduces 'New Thinking for the British Economy' – openDemocracy's new eBook outlining a new economic agenda for Britain.

Prosperity and justice: a new vision for Britain’s economy

Britain’s economic model is broken and needs to be radically overhauled. In 2018, this is not a controversial statement. But when the messenger is one of the UK’s most influential think tanks, bac...

Re-energising Wales

The aim of openDemocracy’s ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ project is to present a debate on how to build a more just, sustainable, and resilient economy. In the project so far we’ve de...

Community Land Trusts: creating more sustainable communities

The aim of openDemocracy’s ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ project is to present a debate on how to build a more just, sustainable, and resilient economy. In the project so far we’ve de...

First they ignore you… How the media is playing catch up on land reform

Back in February I found myself in the unusual position of being attacked in an editorial published by The Times. In a piece setting out the paper’s position on the land reform agenda in Scotland, I...

VIDEO: How to create a democratic energy system

The aim of openDemocracy’s ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ project is to present a debate on how to build a more just, sustainable, and resilient economy. In the project so far we’ve de...

VIDEO: Why the power of finance is rooted in ideology

Laurie Macfarlane speaks to Finance Watch about how addressing today's major challenges such as climate change and inequalities means not only challenging the power of finance, but also tackling the i...

How citizens' wealth funds could transform our economy

The aim of openDemocracy’s ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ project is to present a debate on how to build a more just, sustainable, and resilient economy. In the project so far we’ve de...

Harnessing the power of community organisations to create a more resilient economy

The aim of openDemocracy’s ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ project is to present a debate on how to build a more just, sustainable, and resilient economy. In the project so far we’ve de...

CTRLShift: An emergency summit for change

This week hundreds of activists will gather in Wigan for ‘CTRLshift: An Emergency Summit For Change’ – a three day conference exploring the uncertainties and opportunities of our times, convened...

VIDEO: In conversation with Britain's leading pro-Brexit economist

Roger Bootle is the founder and Managing Director of Capital Economics, and one of the few high profile economists who supported Brexit. His most recent book, 'The Trouble with Europe', was published ...

Reclaiming land as a common good

The aim of openDemocracy’s ‘New Thinking for the British Economy’ project is to present a debate on how to build a more just, sustainable, and resilient economy. In the project so far we’ve de...

Transforming the financial system from within: an interview with the Finance Innovation Lab

The aim of openDemocracy's 'New Thinking for the British Economy' project is to present a debate on how to build a more just, sustainable, and resilient economy. In the project so far we've debated po...

VIDEO: Diane Coyle on fixing Britain's economy

Diane Coyle is Professor of Economics at Manchester University, and this year will become the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. In 2017, Diane was awarded th...

VIDEO: Can radical social democracy save us?

Paul Mason, Dr Faiza Shaheen, Anthony Barnett and Dr Johnna Montgomerie discuss whether radical social democracy offers a way out of the crisis of neoliberalism, and what that means for future economi...

From PFI to privatisation, our national accounting rules encourage daft decisions. It’s time to change them.

Public versus private is back. After the liquidation of Carillion, the government’s use of private companies and outsourcing to deliver public services is under close scrutiny. Now the National Audi...

Five economic issues to mobilise around in 2018

If you hoped that 2017 would be the year Britain finally saw its economic fortunes improve, you were soon to be disappointed. Over the past twelve months, Britain’s economic malaise has continued: i...

Why is the NHS in crisis?

It’s January, which means another winter crisis in the NHS. Last week record numbers of patients were forced to wait in the back of ambulances as hospitals in England struggled to cope with demand ...

VIDEO: The man who debunked austerity

In 2013 Thomas Herndon shot to fame when he found major errors in a widely cited academic paper by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff which had been used to justify austerity policies in Europe and No...

33 Theses for an Economics Reformation

On 12 December 2017, Rethinking Economics and the New Weather Institute published '33 Theses for an Economics Reformation' to mark 500 years since the Catholic Reformation. The Theses, which were en...

VIDEO: Interview with George Kerevan

We caught up with economist and former MP George Kerevan at the Festival for New Economic Thinking to discuss the state of economics and the media in 2017. Watch the full video: [embed]https://y...

VIDEO: George Monbiot on replacing neoliberalism

We spoke with journalist and author George Monbiot about the task of replacing neoliberalism, reinvigorating democracy and averting climate breakdown. Watch the full video: [embed]https://youtu.be/...

VIDEO: What became of the Big Society?

Who remembers the Big Society? Launched to great fanfare at the start of 2010, the Big Society was David Cameron’s big idea to create more social action, empower communities and open up public serv...

It’s time to call the housing crisis what it really is: the largest transfer of wealth in living memory

One of the basic claims of capitalism is that people are rewarded in line with their effort and productivity. Another is that the economy is not a zero sum game. The beauty of a capitalist economy, we...

VIDEO: Highlights from the Festival for New Economic Thinking

openDemocracy partnered with the first ever Festival for New Economic Thinking which took place in Edinburgh on 19-20 Oct 2017. The Festival brought together organisations and individuals from aroun...

New economic thinking is the method: the object is to change the world

The first ever Festival for New Economic Thinking is taking place in Edinburgh on 19-20 Oct 2017. It brings together people and organisations who are committed to advancing economic thought and inspi...

oD partners with the Festival for New Economic Thinking

openDemocracy is delighted to be partnering with the Festival for New Economic Thinking which is taking place on 19-20 Oct 2017 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Economics is at a turning point. Soc...

Lessons from Shirebrook: Economic change is nothing new – civil society must shape it, or be shaped by it

To say that society is shaped by the relations underpinning the way that economic activity is organized is not a new idea. It is most famously associated with Karl Marx, but you don’t have to be a M...

To solve the housing crisis, we need to fix our broken land economy

The UK, along with many other advanced economies, is facing a major housing affordability crisis. Average house prices are now on average nearly eight times that of incomes across England and Wales, a...

Ten years after the crash, is civil society ready to take on big finance?

Ten years ago the French bank BNP Paribas ceased activity in three hedge funds, announcing that it could no longer measure the value of instruments based on US subprime mortgages. The event is wide...

Shooting for the moon: Why we need a new mission for a zero carbon future

“The important thing for Government is not to do things which individuals are doing already, and to do them a little better or a little worse; but to do those things which at present are not done at...

Theresa May has prioritised the rights of absentee landlords over the Grenfell victims

Objections to the requisitioning of empty properties have nothing to do with fears of state coercion. Instead, it's about protecting the interests of the rich at all costs.

Five reasons why the SNP lost seats in the general election

Nicola Sturgeon's party went from 56 MPs to 34 MPs. What happened?

We have a real choice between different economic futures

This election comes during a remarkable period in British economic history. Over the past ten years real wages have suffered a larger decline than in any other advanced country apart from Greece. Mark...
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