Solitary Confinement in New Zealand Prisons

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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

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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

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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


Movements, Party, State

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Thinking about Political Organisation

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ESRA recently held a day long symposium on new forms of political organisation. Speakers engaged in the left in Aotearoa came together to explore the flourishing of new political organisations and ways of thinking and doing politics. more

Sam Huggard, Secretary of the Council of Trade Unions

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“$19 billion a year which formerly would have been in the hands of workers and their families and their communities is now held up in the hands of capital, that doesn’t sound like a system to me which is working well for workers.” more

Kassie Hartendorp

Neoliberalism as a Colonising Project

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“If indigenous people were given a space to be able to think about what system would work for them, I don’t think that would look like capitalism” – Kassie Hartendorp speaking at the launch of ESRA. more

Nick Srnicek

What Comes After Neoliberalism?

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“Neoliberalism is dead, and we have an opening to produce something new. We have the chance to create a new future, and I think institutions like ESRA are going to be central to this project.” – Nick Srnicek more

“The first real leftwing think tank in New Zealand”

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On Friday 2 September ESRA launched to a crowd of over 200 people at the Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change conference in Wellington. more


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