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VOTER TURNOUT DECLINE AND POSSIBILITIES FOR THE REJUVENATION OF POLITICS

| Dylan Taylor, Featured, Home Page, Jack Foster, Jack Foster and Dylan Taylor, Political Organisation | No Comments

In this article, ESRA Researchers Jack Foster & Dylan Taylor address growing concerns around voter turnout decline and its consequences for the future of democracy in Aotearoa. more

‘LOOK NANA, THIS IS MY FUTURE’: A CONVERSATION WITH CLIMATE STRIKE ORGANISER SOPHIE HANDFORD

| Amanda Thomas and Sophie Handford, Environment, Featured, Home Page, Published Research, Uncategorized | No Comments

Recently, ESRA researcher Amanda Thomas spoke to Sophie Handford about the upcoming school strike for climate and the need for inter-generational solidarity in the struggle for climate justice. more

Budget 2019 Report

| Ben Rosamond, Campbell Jones, ESRA, Featured, Home Page, Intervention, Jack Foster, Murdoch Stephens, Published Research, Research, Shannon Walsh, Ti Lamusse, Vanessa Cole | No Comments

ESRA researchers have teamed up with community researchers and activists to consider what the 2019 ‘Wellbeing budget’ means for those who are worst served by our current system. more

Outside the Bunker: A Conversation about Capitalism, Crisis and Cruelty

| Campbell Jones and Baz Macdonald, Featured, Home Page, Political Organisation, Politics, Published Research, Research | No Comments

This interview between documentary film maker Baz Macdonald and ESRA Researcher Campbell Jones discusses capitalism, crisis, and the prospects for change. more

New Forms of Political Organisation

| Book, Campbell Jones and Shannon Walsh, Featured, Home Page, Political Organisation, Published Research, Research | No Comments

Download a free copy of ESRA’s first book, ‘New Forms of Political Organisation’, or purchase a hard copy. more

Minimum Wage Policy in Context: Only a Living Wage Will Lift Workers Out of Poverty

| Home Page, Intervention, Peter King, Published Research, Research | No Comments

This is the first of a series of occasional interventions on the subject of income distribution and adequacy in Aotearoa New Zealand. more

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How the Global Tech Elite Imagine the Future

| Anna-Maria Murtola, Home Page, Published Research, Research | No Comments

Aotearoa New Zealand has recently been in the global news as a bolthole for global billionaires preparing for the apocalypse, especially wealthy tech entrepreneurs and financial investors from the US. This report aims to shed light on how this segment of the global elite imagines the future. more

Bernard Spragg - New Zealand TR class locomotive

Auckland Fuel Levy an Attack on the Poor

| Home Page, Intervention, Published Research, Ricardo Menendez March, Tax | No Comments

Solutions to traffic should never have to include depriving low income families of their ability to move around or put food on the table. more

Political Organisation and the Environment

| Amanda Thomas, Environment, Home Page, Political Organisation, Published Research | No Comments

This report focuses on how communities contest colonialism and capitalism to build more just, healthy and accessible environments. more

Nation Destroying: Sovereignty and Dispossession in Aotearoa New Zealand

| Ben Rosamond, Home Page, Matike Mai, Published Research | No Comments

In this piece, Ben Rosamond addresses the nature of the form of sovereign political power imposed in Aotearoa through colonisation. more

Economic planning reading group

| Economic Planning, Event, Home Page, Reading Group | No Comments

Following the high amount of interest in The Return of Economic Planning conference this February, Economic and Social Research Aotearoa invites you to join a reading group that delves further into the nuances of economic planning. more

Constitutional Transformation and the Matike Mai Project: A Kōrero with Moana Jackson

| Helen Potter and Moana Jackson, Home Page, Matike Mai, Published Research | No Comments

In this interview, conducted in December 2017 by Helen Potter, Moana Jackson discusses the constitutional transformation of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Solitary Confinement in New Zealand Prisons

| Home Page, Prisons, Published Research, Ti Lamusse | No Comments

Solitary confinement is the harshest form of punishment available in the New Zealand prison system. This report by People Against Prisons Aotearoa researcher Ti Lamusse outlines why its use in New Zealand prisons needs to end. more

The Return of Economic Planning

| Home Page, Registration | No Comments

Registration is now open for The Return of Economic Planning, a conference co-hosted by the think tank Economic and Social Research Aotearoa and Organise Aotearoa, a new organisation organising against capitalism and its symptoms in Aotearoa/New Zealand. more

Land, Housing and Capitalism: The Social Consequences of Free Markets in Aotearoa New Zealand

| Home Page, Housing, Published Research, Shane Malva | No Comments

Housing markets in Aotearoa New Zealand have produced huge capital gains over the past few decades, at the same time as harming and displacing thousands of people. more

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Movements, Party, State

| Dylan Taylor, Home Page, Political Organisation, Published Research | No Comments

A successful left politics requires a party capable of responding to popular grievances while also fostering hopeful visions for the future. Such a party should be informed by and work with social movements, and have a critical but sustained engagement with the state. more

Podemos march in Madrid, photo by Barcex

The Resurgence of the Radical Left in Europe: Lessons for Aotearoa/New Zealand?

| David Parker, Home Page, Political Organisation, Published Research | No Comments

There has been a huge resurgence of the radical left in Europe since 2008. It has been enormously inspiring at times, even for those of us as far away as Aotearoa/New Zealand. more

The Return of Economic Planning Call for Papers

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The left think tank Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, with kind support from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, invites contributions to a three day international conference on the question of economic planning, Auckland 21–23 February 2018. more

Why We Need a New Left Wing Party

| Home Page, Political Organisation, Published Research, Sue Bradford | No Comments

Those of us on the radical left in Aotearoa/New Zealand find ourselves in the middle of 2017 facing yet another general election in which no parliamentary party seriously champions a future which will start to move us beyond capitalism and the legacies of colonisation. more

What is Political Organisation?

| Campbell Jones and Shannon Walsh, Home Page, Political Organisation, Published Research | No Comments

This short text serves as an introduction to a series of contributions that will be published by Economic and Social Research Aotearoa over the coming months on the possibilities today for new forms of political organisation. more

Why Landlords and Investors Love the Unitary Plan, and Why You Shouldn’t

| Home Page, Housing, Published Research, Vanessa Cole | No Comments

In this report Vanessa Cole investigates the political and economic aspects of the Auckland Unitary Plan in the context of historical and contemporary processes of capitalist displacement of the poor and marginalised. more

Political strategy and organisation

| Event, Home Page, Political Organisation, Reading Group, Uncategorized | No Comments

Join ESRA’s Political Organisation Inquiry Group for a facilitated fortnightly reading group, designed to strengthen the thinking of a resurgent left in response to some of the key organisational and strategic issues of our time. more

Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change 2017

| Call For Papers, Conference, Home Page | No Comments

The fourth annual conference in the Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change series will be hosted by Economic and Social Research Aotearoa and Massey University, 6 – 8 September 2017 at Massey’s Albany campus in Auckland. more

Marching into Autumn at ESRA

| Featured, Home Page, Update | No Comments

As the new year gets into full swing there’s a lot happening here, even if not a great deal is publicly visible yet. Here’s an update on our research program, upcoming conferences, other activities in the works, and what’s been happening behind the scenes. more

ABOUT US

Economic and Social Research Aotearoa (ESRA) is a new left think tank based in Auckland, New Zealand. ESRA aims to harness the resources and expertise of activists and academics to carry out research, debate, advocacy and education which serves the interests of social, economic, ecological and Tiriti justice. more