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Modernise: deprivatise

modernise Deprivatize logoThe public have lost patience with privatisation: poor results, poor service, low investment, high costs, high subsidies, high executive salaries and very high profits. The experiment has failed, in terms of the public interest at least. So what do we do? This series will examine two main themes. Firstly, what are the different forms of democratic ownership available - nationalised, municipally owned, co-operatively owned, etc. Secondly, looking not just at the UK but around the world, how have citizens managed to actually get these privatised assets back into public hands, and what can we learn from their methods?

Why ban local authorities from running bus services?

Britain's House of Lords is debating a bill which will ban local authorites from running bus services, despite council-run buses being very successful.

Here’s what publicly owned energy would actually cost – and why the stockbrokers got it wrong

Renationalising the UK's energy system would pay for itself in ten years or less.

Don't believe the Corbyn bashers - the economic case against public ownership is mostly fantasy

Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, Jeremy Corbyn is putting public ownership back on the political agenda. Time to examine frequent claims that public ownership is inherently bureaucratic and inefficient.

Bringing power to the people, through the statute book

Scotland's Community Empowerment Bill aims to help bring the spirit of self-determination unleashed during the referendum into the day-to-day running of neighbourhoods across the country.

Who owns the wind?

As nature's greatest commons powers ever more of our economy, is it time to start asking who owns it?

"Canary Wharf might as well be in a different world"

A talk with Steve Stride, the chief executive of Poplar HARCA, on why in his area of London 'regeneration' isn't a dirty word but something the community supports.

Renationalisation: the Argentine case shows it can be done

Argentina has completed multiple, successful renationalisations in the past decade. It can be done... when the political will is there.

A citizen’s income and wealth fund for the UK: Lessons from Alaska

Angela Cummine charts the growth and impact of Alaska's Permanent Fund and dividend – a unique combination of publicly owned wealth fund and basic citizen's income.

Pos-neoliberalismo: lecciones de Sudamérica

Después de un período de rápida liberalización, Sudamérica puso en marcha un programa de re-nacionalizaciones antes de haberse salido totalmente de la fase neoliberal - en una iniciativa que podría ser calificada como ‘pos-neoliberalismo’. Publicado previamente  en OurKingdom. English

Post-neoliberalism: lessons from South America

After a period of rapid liberalisation South America undertook a programme of renationalisations, while still bearing the marks of the neoliberal phase - what might be termed 'post-neoliberalism'. Español.

Red state, red power: Nebraska’s publicly-owned electricity system

Nebraska's energy is all publicly owned, yet it blows away the myth that public ownership is inherently inefficient, bureaucratic or unresponsive.

Three signs that privatised rail is unsustainable

Railway privatisation has failed. It's time to put the public in charge.

Water in the UK - public versus private

Like the East Coast mainline, the differing setups within the UK offer a useful insight into claims by Britain's governing parties that privatised water is in any way superior to publicly owned. But it does offer some enormous profits.

The possession of power: deprivatising energy

Energy privatisation has failed - all over the world, there are examples of how to take it back into democratic control.

It’s more than just the NHS that’s at risk in Scotland from TTIP

The EU/US Trade Deal poses a threat to Scottish Water's plans to deprivatise failing PFI facilities.

Privatisation: the gap between politicians and the rest of us

New analysis from We Own It shows just how big the gap has become between what the British public want for their public services and what Westminster wants.

Lessons from Bolivia: re-nationalising the hydrocarbon industry

In Bolivia, renationalisation of the hydrocarbon industry has been a huge economic success.

Democratic energy beyond neoliberalism

Democratising energy would not only save thousands of lives a year but would be a big step forward in saving the planet.

Teaching neoliberalism: time to replace Ofsted

Calls to reform Ofsted don't go far enough - it's become a tool for the neoliberal take-over of our education, and needs to be replaced.

Alternative liberal solutions to economic inequality

The rich tradition of alternative liberalism has much to offer by way of solutions to inexorably widening inequality—as social movements are beginning to realise.

What Elinor Ostrom taught: democratic control is not only possible, it's normal

The only woman to win the Nobel Prize for Economics showed that democratic management of commons isn't just possible, but normal.

Labour and TTIP: things just got worse

The Labour Party has just changed its position on TTIP - for the worse.

“Unexpected partnerships” in protest at the National Gallery

As the state retreats from funding the arts, corporate power creeps in - only to find itself exposed by new alliances of citizens.

The day the bosses left and the workers took over

When the Argentinian economy collapsed, lots of workers didn't believe that the things they made were no longer needed. And so they broke into their factories, and started making them again - only to prove they could run them better than their former bosses.

Workers should have a right to co-operate

If we're going to have an economy that puts people and planet before profit, we need it to be made up of organisations which do just that: we need to give workers a right to turn their firms into co-operatives.

Washing away capitalism: workers who’ve occupied their factory provide a space of hope

A soap factory in Greece, abandoned by its owners, has been reclaimed by its workers - and provides a vital example of how things can be done differently.

Scotland's community land ownership story

Community ownership of land in Scottish Highlands has been an astonishing success - and now others are starting to follow.

It's not just a balancing act: work must work for workers

The British economy is unbalanced regionally and by sector, but at core, it must fix a deeper problem: work doesn't work for workers.

Why we need to own the newspapers

A crowdfunded bid has been launched to buyout the Times and the Sunday Times. The founder explains why, and how you can get involved.

We must show how public ownership defends our liberty

There is little evidence that privatisation works or is popular, and yet it continues apace. To counter it, the left must explain how democratic ownership is vital in defence of liberty.

From tragedy to joy on the commons: culture change through democratic ownership

Democratic ownership doesn't just make society fairer, it brings out the best in all of us.

Economic democracy in the 21st Century

Workers co-ops, public banks and participatory budgeting have all been shown to be successful and efficient. It's time to take democratic control of our economy.

Modernise: de-privatise - new OurKingdom series

Today we launch our new series on democracy and the economy: modernise, de-privatise.


We all already own the NHS - the latest 'mutual' spin is about taking it out of our hands

So-called 'John Lewis style mutuals' have been tried in the NHS - and flopped badly. So they want to give this Trojan horse for privatisation and asset-stripping new legs - and teeth.

Privatisation leads to top down services. Public control should mean the public have a say.

A new paper from the New Economics Foundation argues that public services should be taken back into public control - and the public should be given a real say.

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