The Democracy Lab: Changing politics as we know it

Claudia Chwalisz

Historically, demokratia meant a participatory government where the demos (people) had equal kratos (power). Only since the late 1800s has this 2,000 year-old concept evolved into what we recognise as democracy today: elected representative democracy. It is summed up in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “The will of the people shall be the…


Memo to Ministers: Business, Innovation and Skills

Cameron Tait

Ed Miliband launched the Labour Party’s manifesto for the General Election by telling the nation that a Labour government will “change the way the country is run and who it is run for.” Behind Number 10, the most important department in delivering this fundamental shift in the power dynamic of wealth and power in this…