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.

5 ideas in 5 minutes

In this month’s 5 ideas in 5 minutes, Daniel Frank looks at political donations and philanthropy: Blind Trusts │Donations Tracking│ Banning Political Donations│ Democracy Assistance │ Gifts in Kind

Rethinking Social Investment

In the first and second articles in this series, Robert Salter argued for the society-wide benefits of more substantial public investment in the disadvantaged and identified obstacles and tasks to be addressed in pursuit of this goal. In this finalmore

Obstacles to Social Investment

In the second of his series of three articles on investment in the disadvantaged, Robert Salter identifies some key obstacles to implementing the increased investment he advocated in April InSight. His third article, in the next issue, will advance somemore