• 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.
  • The day Greece’s TVs went dark

    Hilary Wainwright reports from Thessaloniki on what happened when the state ordered Greece’s state broadcaster to shut down, and the situation now.
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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

Forced Privatizations in Greece

Olivier Petitjean
The Greek government and its creditors seem bent on imposing policy whose economic merits and democratic legitimacy seem rather dubious. A French company is especially active among the candidates for privatizing water in Athens and Thessaloniki: Suez Environnement.

The spirit of Stuart Hall

"After spending several evenings this week immersed in inspiring tributes to Stuart, I’ve been pondering on what it was that was distinctively special about him — all the tributes confirm one’s instinct that we have lost someone with a special spirit that we must try to carry inside us"

How rising inequality threatens our democracy

How rising inequality threatens our democracy
India is becoming an increasingly inequitable, “rich-take-all”, pathological, society marked by exclusion and immobility, where an individual’s circumstances of birth, and class and caste privileges, matter more than his/her effort.

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 and Hilary Wainwright, editor and contributor respectively, of a new book on the emerging theory and practice of the solidarity economy.
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.
April 2014

Putting Public in Public Services

A 3 day conference gathering people working to promote progressive public services. Daniel Chavez will launch the new book Reorienting Development: State-Owned Enterprises in Latin America andthe World

News

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.

The Road to the Alter Summit

See video
5 June 2013
Susan George speaking in short documentary film about the Alter Summit