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Do you remember the 80s: The Alternative Economic Strategy & Robin Murray (1940-2017)

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2017 by kmflett

Robin Murray, who was one of the key architects of what in the 1980s was known as the Alternative Economic Strategy died earlier this month aged 77. The Guardian has just published an Obituary here:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/19/robin-murray-obituary

Mike Rustin in New Left Review 1/155 (1986) wrote an extended piece on the London Industrial Strategy in the years when Ken Livingstone was at the GLC. Murray was Chief Economic Advisor to the GLC from 1981-1986.

He also wrote a good deal on what he saw as a post-Fordist economy and strategies the left might develop to grapple with this.

In case anyone is wondering I didnt agree with much of this (from the left) and said so at the time. I dont think my position has changed but this is not the point here.

The point rather is that we are very probably at a moment when the ideas of the left on the economy and industry hold greater influence than for a good while. In that sense Murray’s work and his writings will form an important part of discussion and rightly so, even for those of us on the left who, for the most part, had other ideas.

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