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Sally Davison, Deborah Grayson, Kirsten Forkert

Summer 2020

Georgie Wemyss, Deborah Grayson, Nira Yuval-Davis, Hannah Hamad, Joy White, Karen Patel , Alister Wedderburn

Summer 2020

A series of reflections on Covid-19.

This article asks what kind of state intervention is needed for a post-Covid recovery.


John Clarke, Sally Davison

Summer 2020

Populism: the view from anthropology John Clarke reviews Katharine C. Donahue and Patricia R. Heck (eds), Cycles of Hatred and Rage: What Right Wing Extremists and Their Parties in Europe Tell Us About the US, Palgrave Macmillan 2019 The importance of conversation Sally Davison reviews Critical Dialogues: Thinking together in turbulent times, John Clarke, in conversation with Wendy Brown, Allan Cochrane, Davina Cooper, Larry Grossberg, Wendy Larner, Gail Lewis, Tania Murray Li, Jeff Maskovsky, Janet Newman, Aradhana Sharma, Paul Stubbs, Fiona Williams, Policy Press 2019

Building a Radical University

FREE e-book available in PDF and e-pub formats. Download your free PDF below or add your free e-pub e-book (for e-readers) to your basket.  This history of radical innovation at the University of East London is an inspirational account of what can be achieved in a climate of educational experiment, freedom and cooperation.

This article argues that the entanglement of digital technoscience and capitalism has led to an ‘automated neoliberalism’ in which markets are configured by digital platforms, personal lives are transformed through the accumulation of personal data, and social relations are automated through algorithms, distributed electronic ledgers, and rating systems.

In school and tertiary education sectors, the rise of accountability regimes parallels the growth in bureaucracy and marketisation of knowledge work. Increasing student numbers have not been matched by an increase in teaching staff, whilst new administrative positions in accounting, marketing, and legal services have ballooned. In this paper we are concerned to examine the impact of these institutional changes on the lived experiences of education professionals.

The account of bureaucracy under neoliberal capitalism presented in this article under the innocuous heading it prefers to use to describe itself ('governance') draws together recent critical work by David Graeber, Wendy Brown, William Davies and Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval, which it repositions in relation to Jacques Rancière’s conception of the 'police order'.

Exploring the meaning of bureaucratic definitions of disability can help us learn something about the organising force of bureaucracy on our lives. In particular, this paper explores a paradox found within the bureaucratic orientation whereby disability is conceptualised as lack of function resulting in an inability to keep the rules that is, nonetheless, managed by the imposition of further rules that need to be kept.

Ekin Erkan reviews Yuk Hui, Recursivity and Contingency, London, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019, pp317, £24.95/£80.00 and Bethan Michael-Fox reviews Mareile Pfannebecker and J.A. Smith, Work Want Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism, London, Zed, 2020, 208pp; £14.99 paperback.

In the face of the immediate threat of the coronavirus, the struggle to establish a 'new normal' has begun. The left must make the case for deep structural changes towards a more just political economy, and must do so in the light of the broader crisis of climate breakdown.

The public health response to the pandemic has been shaped by rapidly shifting strategies and many years of underfunding and austerity. But the NHS has stepped up to the task and taken control. Many of the changes in organisation and management style that have taken place as a result are likely to be difficult to reverse.

Faced with crises, governments take emergency powers. While the suspension of normality is often necessary, the radical change in the relationship between citizens and the state poses dangers to civil liberties. Without consideration and accountability, temporary powers can have long-term, permanent effects.


Alyssa Battistoni, George Morris

Summer 2020

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal (Verso, 2019) seeks to reframe left politics for an age of climate crisis. Renewal spoke to one of the book’s co-authors about the political project of the Green New Deal.

The coronavirus crisis has intensified the inequalities in our already fragile and unequal society. Labour must address these problems, through supporting universalist and poverty-reducing policies in the face of an increasing rhetoric of deserving and undeserving poor and soaring unemployment.

The 'redlining' of urban space was one of the many ways in which the US New Deal excluded millions of black Americans from its benefits. The concept also helps us to better grasp the operation of racialised inequality in Britain, not just in the neoliberal era but also under the aegis of post-war social democracy.

Francis King introduces issue 57 of Socialist History

In the context of the British labour movement’s current disassociation from European socialism and socialist organisations, this paper seeks to provide a chronological narrative of the comparatively strong relationship of British radicals and socialists to European republicans between 1789 and 1914.

lara Zetkin (1857–1933) founded the Socialist Women’s International and was a regular Social Democratic Party (SPD) delegate to the congresses of the Second International.