Our common wealth

Behind the day to day tussles over specific reform agendas, there is always a deeper and more fundamental struggle, where every debate about solutions to long-term unemployment is also a debate about human nature; every debate about poverty alleviation is also a debate about what constitutes an acceptable level of inequality; and every debate about the level of social spending is also a debate about whether there is such a thing as society, and, if so, what a good one would look like. The discussion paper, Reclaiming our Common Wealth makes a case for reconnecting public policies to shared values and openly stated principles. Future papers and articles will present brief, accessible summaries of the principles neglected in current government policies, and explain their implications for policy makers.

Tax: A Broader Mission

Are we asking our tax and transfer systems to do too much? Ian McAuley believes we have been trying to use transfer payments to compensate for our economy’s inability to provide enough well-paying jobs – a strategy that can onlymore

An Economic Fool’s Paradise

CPD Fellow Mark Davis considers the prospect of a humane market economy: Neoliberals have provided the populist front end for attacks on the welfare system and the privatisation-by-stealth of unemployment services, child care, education and health care, while neoclassicals havemore

Facing the Future

Anand Kulkarni and George Bougias argue that nation building requires a clearly articulated long term national vision, with a strong aspirational component. In this article, they outline the broad policy imperatives of such a vision