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Julian Richards

Julian Richards is managing editor of openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Black blood: a history of Kazakhstan’s oil sector

This new book provides a comprehensive overview of Kazakhstan’s oil business, but skips over the uncomfortable truth of privatisation deals.

Storm warnings

The debate between orthodox economists and their critics resembles that which occurred in weather forecasting in the mid-nineteenth century. 

FP 24 April 2018


The impact of the 'Swedish model' in France: chronicle of a disaster foretold

What happens when policymakers are guided by their biases, instead of the voices of the people they are trying to help?

Poder para el pueblo: la educación y la participación política

Vivimos el supuesto regreso de la ciudadanía al centro del poder. O, al menos, al centro del relato. English, Português

Power to the people: education and participation

We are witnessing the alleged return of citizens to the center of power - or, to say the least, to the center of the narrative. Español, Português

Poder para o povo: educação e participação política

Vivemos o suposto retorno de cidadania ao centro do poder. Ou, pelo menos, ao centro da história. English, Español

An alternative to QE: was Billy Bragg right after all?

How the renowned songwriter, musician and campaigner is helping the UK prepare for the next recession.

FP 23 April 2018


Temirlan Ormukov, Kyrgyzstan’s blind satirist poet, is facing politically motivated prosecution

Ormukov's attempt to draw attention to paid protests by government-linked figures has landed him in detention. RU

The Queen rules the Commonwealth!

Many epithets have been used to run down the Commonwealth. The London summit may even be called the Commonwealth Games II…

Unsympathetic people: the overwhelming success of Poland's exclusionary agenda

Three elements seem to have played a decisive role in this: voluntary servitude, the Polish brand of inferiority complex, and a deep-seated Polish anti-Semitism and more general exclusivism.

Subcontracting and forced labour in Italy: a tale of depoliticised labour relations

In Italy, discourses around labour subcontracting in the agricultural sector serve an important purpose: obscuring the root causes of labour exploitation.

Intimidation: the new normal

Increasingly, powerful people use threats, bribes and other tactics to avoid public scrutiny.

Las nuevas plataformas que están transformando la gestión pública

La demanda de modelos participativos más abiertos conlleva la creación de espacios más digitalizados, transparentes, horizontales y abiertos en el sector público, pero también el empoderamiento de todos los agentes sociales. English, Português

The new platforms transforming public management

The demand for more open participatory models entails the creation of more digitized, transparent, horizontal and open spaces in the public sector, but also the empowerment of all social agents. Español, Português

As novas plataformas que estão transformando a gestão pública

A exigência de modelos participativos mais abertos supõe a criação de espaços mais digitalizados, transparentes, horizontais e abertos no sector público, mas também o apoderamento de todos os agentes sociais. English, Español

You are all Northern Ireland now

The post BREXIT landscape sees two rival blocs with totally different, seemingly irreconcilable national aspirations. Welcome to my world.

The ‘Doctrine of Humanitarian Intervention’: and how it exposes the absence of any serious intention to help Syrians

Diplomacy should focus on the humanitarian situation and the need for civilian protection rather than or as well as finding a political solution.

FP 22 April 2018