Economics


Work less, play more

21 February 2019 David Frayne writes that the shorter working week promises more freedom and

A four-day working week is within our grasp

1 February 2019 A new report from Autonomy proposes a radical set of policies to boost the economy and improve quality of life by shortening the working week, writes Eleanor Penny

Vampire finance sucks the lifeblood out of the economy

30 January 2019 We need democratic control of the financial sector. An interview with Saskia Sassen

How to finance our future

30 January 2019 We can harness the power of public finance to bankroll a better future, writes Lavinia Steinfort

Ann Pettifor: If I governed the Bank of England, here’s what I do

31 October 2018 The radical economist outlines how she'd overhaul the UK's broken economy.

Market meltdown

24 September 2018 Grace Blakeley dissects the failure of finance capital and calls for radical measures to take it back under democratic control

Westminster’s democracy is crumbling. Trade unionists must lead the charge to fix it

17 September 2018 Nancy Platts writes that the workers' movement needs to challenge unaccountable power.

The economics that came in from the cold

24 August 2018 Tory-supporting media have been portraying Jeremy Corbyn as a Soviet fellow-traveller, while unnoticed the shadow chancellor sets out a vision that breaks with the old bureaucratic state model. By Hilary Wainwright.

Creating an economy that works for all

21 April 2018 A Labour government could overhaul a struggling, unjust economic system: A manifesto by Hilary Wainwright.

Global debt is fast approaching a quarter of quadrillion dollars

27 March 2018 Tigran Kalaydjian explains the booming debt crisis - and what it means for the global economy.

Flipping the script on our economic stories

15 March 2018 What is the story of the economy in Britain? Who gets to shape public opinion about what it’s for, how it’s broken and how it can be fixed? Christine Berry explains the findings of the new report 'Framing the Economy'.

We can’t afford not to pay everyone a basic income

9 March 2018 Settit Beyene argues that a Universal Basic Income is the only solution to oncoming crises of poverty and structural unemployment.

Economic Science Fictions

6 March 2018 Will Davies argues for utopian thinking to unseat the dangerous myths of our current economic system.

Lies, damn lies, and GDP

20 February 2018 Laurie Laybourn-Langton writes that measuring the economy is political - and economic measurement dominates politics.

Subcontracting lets big employers ignore workers’ welfare

1 February 2018 Subcontracting and privatising key services allows employers to wash their hands of responsibility for poor pay and conditions. By Luther Blisset.

Social mobility is capitalism’s cover story

31 January 2018 We shouldn't try to ensure that a few people can escape poverty. We should be eliminating poverty for everyone. By Connor Devine.

Wages for Commuting

25 January 2018 Joni Cohen writes that workers should be paid for the time they spend travelling to work.

Carillion shows the urgent need to democratise social services

24 January 2018 How do we ensure that the collapse of Carillion proves a true watershed moment in how we organise society? By Colin Leys.

Carillion’s missing millions

19 January 2018 Grace Blakeley investigates the curious case of Carillion: how the company’s slow decline and abrupt liquidation reveals the nature of modern capitalism.

Here’s how to stop the next Carillion – 7 steps to public ownership

17 January 2018 The collapse of Carillion could be a watershed moment. Let's seize it to end economically disastrous outsourcing schemes. By Cat Hobbs.

Bitcoin and the bandits: how Wall Street captured the Occupy of money

21 December 2017 The online currency started as an alternative to the failed financial system – but as a huge bubble inflates and bankers board the bandwagon, Tom Walker argues bitcoin has drowned in greed

Is it time for a tax on robots?

20 December 2017 Oliver Lemon explores what a 'robot tax' could look like, and whether it's an idea whose time has come.

This isn’t the end of austerity – it’s a new age of cruelty economics

1 December 2017 Consensus seems to have shifted, but austerity is far from over. The chancellor has committed us to yet more years of misery while the rich get richer, writes Richard Seymour.

It’s time for a four day working week

22 November 2017 We work ourselves into the ground for little economic benefit. It's high time to for a change, writes Aidan Harper.

Protecting growth at all costs means lining the pockets of the wealthy

21 November 2017 Deregulation and tax loopholes are justified by saying that they 'protect growth'. But really, they just protect the wealthy, writes James Fox

Wealth inequality isn’t inevitable – it’s a political choice.

21 November 2017 Inequality is often treated as a law of nature - but really, it's the result of conscious political choices. It's time to choose equality, writes the IPPR's Carys Roberts.

We need to overhaul our economy to meet the challenges of the 2020s

16 November 2017 From climate change to automation to demographic shifts, Mathew Lawrence explains the challenges our economy will face in the coming decade.

‘Paradise Papers’ tax dodgers should be behind bars for the world’s biggest robbery

7 November 2017 The global elite have been stealing from society on an unprecedented scale, writes Tom Walker

When the rich stash their money offshore, we pay the price.

6 November 2017 Richard Murphy says that the appropriate political will and understanding of tax can put an end to offshore avoidance and evasion

A very social economist

14 September 2017 Hilary Wainwright says the ideas of Robin Murray, who died in June, offer a practical alternative to neoliberalism

Put public purpose at the heart of government

22 August 2017 Victoria Chick stresses the need to restore the public good to economic decision-making

The economic crash, ten years on

8 August 2017 A decade after the start of the crash, economic power is in our hands – we must take it, writes Ann Pettifor

Back to basics

28 October 2016 Barb Jacobson on the campaign for an unconditional basic income

A world without work: an interview with Nick Srnicek, co-author of Inventing the Future

16 October 2016 The World Transformed organiser Joseph Todd speaks to Nick Srnicek about his recent book making the case for a post-work society

The ‘new colonialism’: Rio Tinto in Madagascar

12 July 2016 As its wealth is seized by foreign interests, Africa is facing a colonial invasion in many ways as devastating as the one it suffered in the nineteenth century. Ross Hemingway reports.

Building a progressive majority: Left strategy after the Brexit vote

27 June 2016 After the EU referendum we are seeing both horror at anti-migrant sentiment and pandering to it, writes Joseph Todd – but only a radical economic offer can carve a way through

Corbynomics can work – once you know that economics is never ‘neutral’

29 February 2016 Neil Faulkner argues that the biggest barrier to Jeremy Corbyn's rational economic policy is the huge profits the super-rich are making from an irrational one

Ignore the critics, Labour is right to consider a basic income

18 February 2016 A universal basic income isn’t something for nothing, but rather a recognition of a right to a meaningful life beyond the needs of the market, writes Andrew Dolan

Inequality: the slow revolution

1 December 2014 In an extract from his new book, Inequality and the 1%, Danny Dorling argues that we need a nonviolent war of attrition against the rich

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the economy

31 May 2014 'Osborne looks like a man who can’t believe his luck'

Summer event: the Spark

15 May 2014 A week of workshops, films, discussions, poetry, music, art and more, looking at the fight for social justice in the UK and around the world to take place in June

Time for a Basic Income

7 November 2013 One year ago Red Pepper published a piece on the Basic Income, is it time to consider this idea a little more seriously? writes Andrew Dolan

David Harvey interview: The importance of postcapitalist imagination

21 August 2013 From housing to wages, David Harvey says examining capitalism's contradictions can point the way towards an alternative world

Straight outta Kilburn: a manifesto to challenge neoliberalism

31 May 2013 If neoliberalism has failed, why does it keep on going? Red Pepper caught up with the authors of the ‘Kilburn Manifesto’ to discuss their effort to find fresh ways out of the impasse

An income of one’s own: the citizen’s income

17 October 2012 Bill Jordan says the citizen’s income is an idea whose time has come

The who, what and where of work

15 October 2012 Karel Williams, Sukhdev Johal and Andrew Bowman introduce our 'The future isn't working' theme by looking at industrial strategy

A different way of doing things

20 May 2012 Robin Murray explores the potential of co-ops to form the basis of an alternative economy

A bank worth backing

18 May 2012 Christopher Hird looks at how the Co-op Bank has fared in the financial crisis

Co-operatise the state?

14 May 2012 Can the co-op movement be one source of alternatives to marketisation? Hilary Wainwright explores

It’s all at the co-op

12 May 2012 Jim Keogan reports on how co-ops are combining economic resilience with egalitarianism



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