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The London Communities Commission: Building Local Capacity

CURAs Ines Newman writes about the independent London Communities Commission (LCC), which is tasked with looking into how citizens and communities in London’s most deprived areas might be strengthened and supported in these times of austerity. The LCC was set up in September 2015, with … Continue reading

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Taking Power Back: Simon Parker

We are pleased to launch our book debates series with this blog by Simon Parker. Simon sets out the argument of his recent book ‘Taking Power Back’, where he makes the case for ‘commonism’ – a radical form of democratic … Continue reading

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Workshop on Resistance and Alternatives to Austerity

The new Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA) at De Montfort University (Leicester) is holding a workshop on Wednesday 18th May 2016 (9.30am-4.30pm) to discuss strategies for resistance and alternatives to austerity in urban settings across the globe. See registration details … Continue reading

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The Justin Trudeau Brand of Photogenic Austerity

This week’s guest contributor John Clarke argues that the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau’s recent electoral victory in Canada is not one to be celebrated by the anti-austerity left. Rather than pursue alternative policies, we can expect the new Canadian … Continue reading

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Social Exclusion and Labour Rights in the Banlieues of Paris

The terrorist attacks in Paris have again highlighted the problem of social divisions in France and the extent to which they lead to feelings of exclusion that in some way incite violent responses. It appears that some of the terrorists … Continue reading

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Managing Capitalism in Latin America: the Decline of the ‘Pink Tide’

Following over a decade of relatively high growth rates wedded to redistribution, increased social spending, and the incorporation of labour and social movements into the wheels of decision making, consistent electoral success of the political Left in countries as diverse … Continue reading

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Community Wealth Building in Preston

By Matthew Brown It is without doubt that much of Europe is in the grip of an austerity crisis.  However to build a genuine alternative to it we need to think deeper about its causes and ask questions about the … Continue reading

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CURA’s Launch Conference: some reflections

Valeria Guarneros-Meza and Adrian Bua report on CURA’s inaugural conference Last week we held our two day launch conference. Throughout the four panels there were significant discussions that we need to consider in developing our understanding and study of austerity. Many of … Continue reading

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After The Corbyn Surge

The election of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour Party leadership is a seismic event in British politics – perhaps even more so than the SNP landslide in May 2015. For the first time, a committed socialist and anti-austerity activist leads the … Continue reading

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