• The Tragedy of The Private, The Potential of The Public

    From South Africa to Brazil, from Italy to the US, in Uruguay, Greece, Norway, the UK and in many other countries, municipal councils are taking services back under public control. Public Service workers and their fellow community members are not only defending public services but are also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to the people's needs and desires.
  • Notes for a political economy of creativity and solidar...

    How can society move towards forms of economic organisation that place human creativity, including a respectful relationship to nature, at their centre?
  • Venezuela and Latin America after Chávez

    By definition, a revolution is a collective process, not a one-man endeavour. While the social and political legacy of Hugo Chávez is remarkable, the Bolivarian Revolution has been intrinsically tied to him as the leader. With Chávez's death, the Boliviarian Revolution faces a fundamental test.
  • Network movements and the new ‛social atmosphere’

    New forms of social mobilisation by networked movements have created a new "social atmosphere" that is already having an irreversible impact on other more traditional social and political actors and their practices. 
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    Putting Water Back into Public Hands

    An inspiring video animation about how cities are reversing water privatisation to regain public control.

The Public Services and Democracy Project (‘New Politics’) is part of the Economic Justice, Corporate Power and Alternatives Programme and seeks to improve public services and strengthen democracy by empowering workers and citizens to take back control of our economic and political institutions. >Read more about this project

Articles

How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

Post Privatisation Challenges of Public Water in Ghana

Leonard Shang-Quartey
Despite large aid support, Ghana's privatised water utility AVRL consistently failed to meet its contractual commitments.  Water is now back in state hands,  but it will need increased investment and a vigilant civil society to deliver the services Ghanaians need.

Remunicipalisation in Berlin after the buy-back

The largest Public-Private Partnership in water sector in Germany ended in 2013 after the longstanding social mobilisation. Remunicipalisation cost a high price for the city of Berlin though. Berliners have striven for new challenges.

Publications

Reorienting Development: State-owned Enterprises in Latin America and the World

Sebastian Torres
Reorienting Development analyses what the nature, advantages, limitations and challenges of public companies are. It also offers new theoretical and conceptual insights on the nature and roles of the state and the controversial meanings of development.

Susan George Classics

The Transnational Institute brings together Susan George’s oeuvre in this beautiful handmade boxed set of her six classic books.

Doing away with ‘labour’

Conventionally, the concept of ‘labour’ is understood as referring to waged labour – the capacity to labour as exercised through a market. It was precisely this narrow understanding of labour that the discussions in this stream challenged from several angles.

Events

May 2014

The Solidarity Economy Alternative

A round table discussion led by Vish Satgar, Michelle Williams and Hilary Wainwright, editor and contributor respectively, of The Solidarity Economy Alternative: emerging theory and practice.
May 2014

EU crisis policies put on trial

After six years of crisis and four years of new EU economic governance measures and Troika policies, it is high time to assess their devastating results. The Tribunal aims to analyse and expose the EU policy measures taken in response to the crisis, by presenting the social consequences of these measures in countries all over Europe.
April 2014

Het Europese Lijsttrekkersdebat

In de aanloop naar de Europese verkiezingen van 22 mei organiseert de Fair, Green & Global Alliantie een debat waarin verschillende Europese lijsttrekkers worden uitgedaagd deze vragen te beantwoorden.

News

It's time to revive public ownership and the common good

4 July 2014
Despite its dire record, privatisation is rarely questioned. We must push for our shared interests to take precedence

Renowned political activist Susan George to deliver the 2013 Ted Wheelwright Lecture

28 August 2013
One of the world's leading political thinkers and human rights activists, Susan George, will speak out against the growing influence of "illegitimate corporate power" in a keynote address at the University of Sydney this Thursday 29 August.

G20 Summit and Counter Summit in Saint-Petersburg

27 August 2013
On the 3-4th of September in St. Petersburg a counter-summit, a large-scale international event that aims to be an alternative to the September G20 Summit and to develop new principles of economic and social policy that are not based on the "Washington Consensus" will be held.