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In and Against the State
The World Transformed

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In recent decades the British state has been transformed, with the private sector taking over many of its key functions. Can what remains be radically changed? Or are we confronted by institutions designed to maintain the status quo? Hear from politicians and activists who bring their experiences of working in and against the state, as we seek to understand its nature, whether it can be democratised and how wortkers and communities can participate in organising the services they depend on.

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Write-ups and recordings

Full session recording by The World Transformed. (2018-10-11)


John McDonnell MP
Politician // Labour Party

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington

Mark Serwotka
Trade Unionist

General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union

Hilary Wainwright
Author // Red Pepper

Sociologist, political activist & author, fellow of the Transnational Institute and editor of Red Pepper magazine. Latest book: ‘A New Politics from the Left’, Polity Press

Francesca Bria

Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona. Founder of the Decode Project.