Soundings

Articles from No. 46, Winter

Can Trade Unions Become Environmental Innovators?
What can we learn from the Lucas Aerospace workers?The celebrated attempt by workers at Lucas Aerospace in the 1970s to develop a plan to convert production in their company from weapons to socially useful goods has recently been invoked in debates on...
Deng Xiaoping and John Maynard Keynes
China's economic success is continuing testimony to the efficacy of Keynesianism.The present international importance of China's economy is twofold. Firstly there is the significance of the scale of China's economic achievement, its global impact, and...
Editorial
The Conservatives are not wrong to draw attention to the poverty of much current thinking on civil society and its contribution to the common good, even if their Big Society mantra is little more than a cover behind which they are going about the business...
Europe's Periphery
The economies of Central and Eastern Europe have become peripheral dependencies of the core EU states.The European Union now consists of 27 states. No fewer than 10 of these are former states of the Eastern Bloc, and this proportion is set to grow with...
Is India Having a Good Crisis?
If India has weathered the financial crisis, it is largely because of the remnants of its old developmental state model.It would appear that India is having a good crisis. Despite initial appearances to the contrary, the Great Recession turned out to...
Italy's Moral Crisis
Italy's weak left is unable to challenge the collapse of public morality being presided over by Berlusconi.Italy today is facing a large number of problems, many of them chronic and long-standing. These include intractable economic and social issues;...
Labour as a Radical Tradition
Labour's renewal lies in its traditions of mutualism, reciprocity and the Common Good.The Liberal Conservative coalition government, self-consciously progressive in orientation, while appropriating Labour's language of mutual and cooperative practice,...
Labour's Good Society
The Conservatives' Big Society is an attempt to move in on ground vacated by New Labour, but a good society requires more than rhetoric about volunteering.I moved to the street I live in back in 1983. The recession had begun to have a devastating impact....
The Dynamics of Public Sector Transformation
Is it possible to reverse the tide?Neoliberal ideology has driven public sector transformation over the last three decades, with the aim of reconfiguring services and the welfare state. This transformation has been constructed in three ways. Firstly,...
The Left and Reciprocity
Reciprocity, properly understood, is a natural part of social-democratic politics.One of the emerging themes of Labour's post-election discussion is the need to ground social policy in the value of reciprocity. Labour politicians have voiced worries...
The Pension Problem
Pensions are best understood as coming from the preceding generation's investment in the future.The UK currently has a pension problem, but the debate on how to solve it gives little attention to the underlying question of what should be the basis for...
Three Lions Ate My Shirt
Beyond the din of the vuvuzelas what was the impact of World Cup 2010?Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Table Mountain, Zola Budd, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, er, Kevin Pietersen, wildebeest, Ernie Els, Jacob Zuma, giraffes, Charlize Theron, springboks, Jody...
Will Women Rise Again?
A roundtable discussion on women's lives todaySally Let's start with a bit of context. In the forty years since the rebirth of feminism in the 1970s there has been a wide range of developments, some good, some bad. One way of understanding them is to...
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