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2002 Budget Response
By Fran Bennett, Jay Ginn, John Grieve Smith, Hilary Land, Richard Madeley, Paul Spicker, and Anne West. A Catalyst working paper.

The Labour government has turned a corner in affirming the case for redistributive taxation to fund public service expansion and an ambitious anti-poverty strategy. For this exciting new political venture to succeed it is crucial that the money is spent in the most effective way possible. Here some of the country's leading academic experts in the fields of economics, social policy and public service delivery make an initial assessment.

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Back to the Future: Collectivism in the twenty-first century
By John Mills and Austin Mitchell MP. A Catalyst working paper.

Are we at the beginning of a new sea-change in popular attitudes and policy orientations away from free-market individualism and towards a renewed confidence in public values and collective endeavour? Economist John Mills and Labour MP Austin Mitchell assess the prospects for getting "back on track" with social and economic progress after the failed neo-liberal detour of the past three decades.

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Tackling the World Recession
By John Grieve Smith. A Catalyst working paper.

Responses to the threat of world recession have led some to suggest that the pendulum might be ready to swing back from the monetarist and neoliberal consensus of the late twentieth century to a modernised and internationalist Keynesianism for the twenty-first. John Grieve Smith takes stock of these shifts, arguing that while the US has shown encouraging signs, EU and UK policymakers are still too wedded to the deflationary bias of the past.

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From Security to Risk: Pension privatisation and gender inequality
By Jay Ginn. A Catalyst working paper.

Today older women have a median personal income which is only 56 per cent of older mens', due mainly to the impact of private pensions. Gender inequality in private pension coverage is equally wide among those of working age. The Labour government is continuing a policy of running down public provision for old age and encouraging its displacement by private sector schemes. Ginn argues that alternatives exist which are fairer to women, simpler to administer, and affordable.

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Public Services and the Private Sector: A response to the IPPR
By Allyson Pollock, Jean Shaoul, David Rowland and Stewart Player. A Catalyst working paper.

The final report of the IPPR's Commission on Public Private Partnerships is expected to be a major influence on the government's approach to public service reform over the coming years. Though critical of the way certain projects had operated in the past, it endorsed an extension of these new forms of public procurement into core public services. Here some of the country's leading academic experts in the field argue that this is likely to result in greater cost to the taxpayer, reductions in service quality and scope, and threatens to undermine the very principle of universal public services free at the point of use.

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Locking in Fairness: An uprating mechanism for the minimum wage
By Sanjiv Sachdev. A Catalyst working paper.

Evidence from the US suggests that the government's failure to institute an adequate uprating mechansm for the minimum wage will result in avoidable political lobbying, instability and uncertainty for employers and worsening income inequality. Sanjiv Sachdev warns that one of the government's greatest achievements may "wither on the vine" like the state pension unless it can resist the temptation to play politics with the incomes of the low paid.

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Books


After Seattle: Globalisation and its discontents
Contributors: Bernard Crick, Meghnad Desai, John Edmonds, Larry Elliott, William Keegan, Doreen Massey, George Monbiot, Hilary Wainwright. Catalyst book 1

How countries trade in the 21st century, governed by what rules, is a matter of life and death for millions of the world’s poorest citizens. This collection of essays by some of Britain's foremost commentators on globalisation starts the most urgent debate of the century.

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Pamphlets

CATALYST

Equity and the Environment: Guidelines for Green and Socially Just Government
By Dr Brenda Boardman MBE, Simon Bullock and Duncan McLaren. With a foreword by Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP. Catalyst pamphlet 5.
Published jointly with Friends of the Earth.

Damage to our environment hits the poor hardest, the authors argue. But badly designed environmental policies can make things worse for those already disadvantaged. The authors outline a radical blueprint for environmental policy making based on principles of social justice.

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The British Union State: Imperial Hangover or Flexible Citizens' Home?
By Simon Partridge. Catalyst pamphlet 4.

Simon Partridge argues that the new constitutional settlement is unstable. The asymmetry between the devolved parliaments and assemblies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the one hand and the English Regions on the other could lead to a nationalist backlash in England. Devolution can't stop now, he argues.

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Tough on Soundbites, Tough on the Causes of Soundbites
By Bob Franklin. Catalyst pamphlet 3. Free download available.

Using exclusive interviews with senior Whitehall civil servants working in
the Government Information Service, Bob Franklin examines New Labour's vigourous news management. He demonstrates that the politicisation of the traditionally non partisan civil service is blurring the boundaries between the government and political parties.

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Government by Task Force: A Review of the Reviews
By Steve Platt. Catalyst pamphlet 2. Free download available.

In its first year, the New Labour government set up 192 policy reviews, task forces and advisory groups. There is no central register and no agency has responsibility for monitoring them. Details of their purpose and membership are brought together here for the first time

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Labour's First Year: A Departmental Analysis
By Roland Wales. Catalyst pamphlet 1. Free download available.

Can New Labour deliver on its promises? Former Labour Party Director of Policy, Roland Wales measures the performance of the new government a year after it came into power.

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FULL EMPLOYMENT FORUM

Unemployment - the true scale of the regional problem
By Stephen Fothergill.
A Full Employment Forum pamphlet.

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Fighting Global Recession
By John Grieve Smith.
A Full Employment Forum pamphlet.

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Globalisation, unemployment and government policy
By Michael Kitson and Jonathan Michie.
A Full Employment Forum pamphlet.

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Labour's path to full employment
By Brian Burkitt and Mark Baimbridge.
A Full Employment Forum pamphlet.

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Towards full employment: the first million jobs
By Roger Berry, Michael Kitson and Jonathan Michie.
A Full Employment Forum pamphlet.

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Economic policies for full employment and the welfare state
Joint publication with Campaign to Defend the Welfare State.
A Full Employment Forum pamphlet.

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