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About Mathew Lawrence

Mathew Lawrence is a Research Fellow at IPPR (@dantonshead)

Articles by Mathew Lawrence

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fines are fine, but only structural reform can rein in the platform monopolies

Facebook is being fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner, the maximum amount possible, for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The fine is unlikely to change Facebook’s behaviour. ...

Owning the future: strategies for a democratic economy

Deep and intersecting crises confront us. Growth is anaemic; wages and productivity are stagnant; inequality is stark; investment is low; consumer debt is high; and asset bubbles are frequent. Future ...

Owning the future: why we need new models of ownership

The evidence of our broken economic model mounts. This week, the East Coast Mainline was taken back into temporary public control from Stagecoach and Virgin Trains. As a potent symbol of the failure o...

How a Citizens’ Wealth Fund can tackle wealth inequality and deliver a universal minimum inheritance

The UK is a wealthy nation, but an unequal one. Tinkering will not address the entrenched inequalities that disfigure society. Instead, we will need to reimagine the foundational economic institutions...

Capital: A new ownership agenda

Ownership is back on the agenda. Labour’s commitment to taking utilities back into public ownership has reopened questions of governance and control that had been dormant for a generation. But the d...

Time for a democracy commission?

Political inequality and disengagement are increasing. Is a Democracy Commission part of the solution?

Straightening Europe’s crooked timber into a democratic eurozone

Opposition to the direction of the Eurozone can be expressed through national democracies, for example through the election of Syriza, but this is now an inadequate form of political representation.

Greece’s election: filling Europe’s democratic void

The election is vital because at stake are two broader EU problems: the absence of a right to organise substantive opposition, and the de-democratisation of political decision-making.

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