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One of the most surprising things about the success of the Leave campaign is that so many are surprised by it. Could we really have expected any other result – after forty years of misrepresentation of the EU by politicians and media alike, and in the midst of a calculated intensification of hostility towards immigrants?

Economic trust is key to election victories in Britain. But what does it mean, and how can Labour win it back?

Opening up leader selection to non-member supporters is a growing trend among political parties. Qualitative research on Labour’s new grassroots suggests that efforts to convert a larger selectorate into an organised activist base need to appreciate the full range of motivations for partisan commitment.

Lewis Minkin’s research into New Labour’s party management offers indispensable lessons for those concerned with the party’s current managerial problems, showing the limits to the ‘Blair supremacy’ and its long-term effects in alienating some party members.

For six years the Conservatives have been waging a covert war against institutions and organisations capable of holding the government to account, masked by rhetoric lauding their efforts to restrain lobbyists. In the process, they are undermining the very basis for social democratic politics.

This paper explores avenues for resistance to precarious and exploited labour in the cultural sector. It investigates the potential of worker co-operatives to help improve working conditions and radically reimagine cultural work.

Sociable curiosity - wondering and finding out about others (empathetic curiosity), and being curious with them (relational curiosity) - can draw people together, bridging differences and social distances.

We went to press the day after the referendum, which gave us little time for thinking about a response. This will be something we address in the next issue. In the mean time we hope that some of the articles in this issue offer ideas that can help us in the difficult days ahead.

A tribute to the work of geographer Doreen Massey, looking at her academic and political wrork, which were inextricably linked.

With the growth of #BlackLivesMatter, the widespread racism in US universities is once more being challenged.

The second of a new series of articles, Soundings Futures, which sets out to develop programmatic alternatives to the system of neoliberalism.

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Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, James Stafford

Summer 2016
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Gavin Shuker, Oliver Escobar, Andrew Gamble

Summer 2016
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Adam Klug, Emma Rees, James Schneider

Summer 2016

Across the United States a growing number of communities are experimenting with innovative ways to create a more equal, democratic, and community based economy from the ground up.

Martin O’Neill speaks to Councillor Matthew Brown about Community Wealth-Building and Alternative Economic Strategies in Preston.

This special issue explores some of the ways in which austerity can be construed as capturing, shaping, and (dis)organising the future. It addresses the futures that austerity has begun to assign to certain subjects and to embed in the societies they live in.

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Rebecca Bramall, Jeremy Gilbert, James Meadway

This is the edited transcript of a conversation between Rebecca Bramall, editor of this special issue, Jeremy Gilbert, editor of New Formations, and James Meadway, who at the time was chief economist of the New Economics Foundation and is currently advising shadow chancellor the exchequer John McDonnell in a consultancy capacity.

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