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The grief before the storm

David Coates

Overcoming the grief caused by Trump’s victory requires us to analyse the sources of our pain When Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech on November 9th, admitting defeat to an opponent who had received a lower share of the popular vote than she had, many of her supporters in the room with her, and those watching from afar, actually wept … Continue reading

5 December 2016 by
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First thoughts on the Trump victory

David Coates

There is no quick fix to the Trump phenomenon, but to win again the US centre-left must build broad class alliances that include the white poor There are times when being right is a luxury too far. This is one of those times.  It was possible to see Trump coming, but it was also possible – until about midnight on … Continue reading

10 November 2016 by
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New SPERI Paper: Riding the Tiger: Towards a New Growth Strategy for the Anglo-American Left

Designing an alternative growth model seems to occupy the mind of politicians and academics alike in Britain and America. But what are we trying to grow? And why are existing progressive packages not sufficient? We are pleased to publish this new SPERI Paper by David Coates, Worrell Professor at Wake Forest University, which tackles both those questions simultaneously and seeks … Continue reading

15 September 2016 by
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The Democratic primaries in the shadow of neoliberalism

David Coates

The Clinton/Sanders battle exposes the challenge of the centre-left to overcome its pre-crisis accommodation with neoliberalism One way of grasping what is now at stake in the on-going battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is to set that clash in the shadow of the Reagan/Thatcher neoliberal revolution of the 1980s. That revolution kept Democrats out of the White House, … Continue reading

2 June 2016 by
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The ongoing American housing crisis

David Coates

The US housing crisis may have slipped down the political agenda but it hasn’t gone away – and young people are being hardest hit There was a time, not very long ago, when housing was high on the political agenda on both sides of the Atlantic; and understandably so, given the role its financing played in the run-up to the … Continue reading

29 March 2016 by
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Working-class anger and the problem of progressive politics

David Coates

The only effective answer to right-wing populism is the creation and deployment of a superior left-wing alternative The start of a new year – especially the start of an important election year as this one happens to be in the United States – is a good time to reflect on the broad strategic choices facing progressive forces on both sides … Continue reading

7 January 2016 by
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TPP time in America

David Coates

President Obama may view this as his legacy, but it may well not be something of which he will long be proud Every political system has its own local economic agenda.  In Britain this currently includes the Osborne commitment to austerity politics, with its potentially devastating impact on the plight of the low-paid.  Here, in the United States, that austerity … Continue reading

23 November 2015 by
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Social security in the cross-hairs

David Coates

The last remaining pillar of the New Deal era is increasingly endangered In the UK, pension reform is controversial enough, though it rarely occupies centre-stage for long and there is often common ground between the parties. In the US, by contrast, the reform of Social Security is a perennial political issue, and it is now heavily partisan in nature. The … Continue reading

27 November 2013 by
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