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About Laurie Macfarlane

Laurie Macfarlane is economics editor at openDemocracy, and a research associate at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book 'Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing'.

Articles by Laurie Macfarlane

This week’s front page editor

Constitutional conventions: best practice

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...

There is a magic money tree - don't let politicians tell you otherwise

Few aspects of our economy are as poorly understood among politicians and the general public as our monetary system. This becomes particularly obvious – and dangerous – during general election ...

Podcast: to rebalance Britain's economy, we must rethink land and housing economics

Housing sucks up more of our income and more of our savings than anything else. It represents around 60% of Britain's assets. From soaring homelessness to widening wealth inequality, the relationship ...
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