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100 Policies to End Austerity #2: Universal Basic Income

100 Policies to End Austerity #2: Universal Basic Income

In the second entry of our '100 Policies to End Austerity' series, Professor Guy Standing outlines the case for a basic income as a progressive road out of austerity.   Accelerated by austerity’s inequities, the 20th century income distribution system has broken down...

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100 Policies to End Austerity #1: Universal Basic Services

100 Policies to End Austerity #1: Universal Basic Services

We already have a National Health Service and free public education - what if we extended the same ethos to housing, transport, information access and food? In the first piece of our 100 Policies to End Austerity series, Andrew Percy presents the case for Universal...

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100 policies to end austerity

100 policies to end austerity

Dr Johnna Montgomerie, Prof John Weeks and Ann Pettifor introduce PEF’s new project, 100 Policies to End Austerity. “Our bold plan is to curate 100 Policies to End Austerity as a starting point for a better future. We will bring together contributions from economists and policy experts that articulate clear proposals for a progressive, sustainable and equitable British economy for the 21st century.”

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The Trivialisation of Fiscal Policy

The Trivialisation of Fiscal Policy

  As the government and press celebrate a 'record budget surplus', PEF Council member John Weeks writes about the folly of this reaction and the widespread misunderstanding of the aims and workings of fiscal policy. Earlier this week, I wrote about the trivialisation...

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The Trivialisation of Monetary Policy

The Trivialisation of Monetary Policy

"The periodic interest rate announcements so avidly reported by the media obscure and may even undermine the serious work that the Bank of England should be doing." PEF Council member Prof John Weeks argues for a new approach to monetary policy. In early August the...

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New research on austerity and Brexit, old neoliberal tricks

New research on austerity and Brexit, old neoliberal tricks

  Recent research suggests a tight link between austerity and the vote to leave the EU in 2016. PEF Economist Michael Davies examines how austerity set the scene for Brexit and how neoliberal tactics are used to shut down attempts to link Brexit to structural forces....

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