Mathew Lawrence

Mathew Lawrence is a research fellow at the Institute for Progressive Policy Research (IPPR).



Reimagining Democratic Public Ownership for the Twenty-First Century

The coming decade is arguably the most important in human history, especially as relates to climate and the environment. The status quo – of a planetary emergency and deep inequalities – is unsustainable and insupportable. Strategies for extending democratic public ownership over the commanding heights of the twenty-first century economy can open up a more innovative, sustainable, and inclusive futur

February 13, 2020

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The Financial Times is Right – Labour’s Ownership Funds will Transfer Wealth and Power

Reimagining how the corporation operates requires us to go beyond the policy tools of a regulatory or redistributive state into rearranging the distribution and nature of property, governance and control rights that shape its behaviour.

September 4, 2019

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Today We’ve Consumed More Resources than the Planet can Renew in a Year

August 1 was Earth Overshoot Day, the date when we have taken more from nature than it can renew in an entire year. Unsustainable extraction is occurring on a planetary scale: we are using natural resources 1.7 times faster in 2018 than the Earth’s ecosystems can regenerate this year.

August 7, 2018

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Owning the Future: Strategies for a Democratic Economy

Ownership matters. Who owns and controls the productive wealth of nations and communities is fundamental to how an economic system operates and in whose interests.

July 26, 2018

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Time for Politicians to Get Real about the Anthropocene

It seems that the short lived cycles of electoral politics means that politicians chase short-term goals, rather than tackling problems such as climate change which require long-term, global thinking. The test of a capable politician in 2018 is whether they take a stand against cavalier resource extraction.

July 11, 2018