My Demos report, Reinventing the Firm, is published today. You can download it here. I also have this comment piece in today's Financial Times, suggesting that the Conservatives might - stress might - want to ask political questions about how economic institutions are structured, if they are serious about creating a fairer economy, but without spending more money.
I'll probably blog more about the contents of the report over the coming days, and post up other any articles that I publish on the back of it. I think I've packed quite a lot into this one report, which has been a very enjoyable challenge. Much of it addresses the case for great employee ownership in Britain's economy.
But the first half of it is far broader, situating debates about ownership and corporate governance in the context of the economic crisis, then returning to some fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of a firm. As I argue, drawing on Ronald Coase, a firm is a political response to an economic problem: managerial power and hierarchy is one efficient way of dealing with the uncertainties attached to the employment relationship. But this doesn't prevent us from considering alternative political settlements, that are potentially more democratic and more productive.