The Politics of Ownership

December 18, 2009 at 8:19 am Leave a comment

by John Craig

Interesting comment piece by Steve Richards in the Independent, picking up on The Engagement Ethic.  Richards puts the ownership debate in a broader political perspective, arguing that ‘New Labour did not give much thought to ownership because it did not dare to do so, fearing internal rows in which the role of the state might be discussed’.  He argues now that political change – within and beyond the Labour Party – and the credit crunch mean that questions of ownership are firmly back on the agenda.  He concludes by saying:

“But ownership, this time in the form of much wider user and employee involvement, is back as a defining theme. I predict it will play as big a part in shaping the next decade as privatisation did in the 1980s.”

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