• 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?
  • The future of Public Enterprises in Latin America and t...

    An international seminar in Montevideo, co-organised by TNI and the Uruguayan government, shared the latest learning and innovation by state-owned enterprises across Latin America and affirmed their importance as instruments for economic and social development.
  • 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

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Podemos and the new political practices

What are the reasons for the success of Podemos, its implications for Spanish and European politics and is it possible to imagine a similar development in the Netherlands?

The tragedy of the private

Throughout the world, public service workers, alongside their fellow community members, are not only defending public services but also struggling to make them democratic and responsive to people’s needs and desires.

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

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

February 2015

International seminar: Public enterprises and development

The international seminar'Public enterprises and development: experiences, lessons and aims to open a space for in-depth discussion and exchange on national, regional and international cases.
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.

News

La privatización que no fue y la transformación de las empresas públicas en motores del desarrollo

16 September 2014
El II Seminario Internacional de Empresas Públicas, coorganizado por el Transnational Institute y Antel, se propuso analizar y reivindicar las empresas públicas como motor del desarrollo nacional.

Bens comuns: da privatização à democracia real

2 September 2014
Estudo revela: multiplicam-se iniciativas que mobilizam inteligência social para gerir serviços públicos, livrando-os da burocracia estatista e dos riscos de mercantilização

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

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