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About ResPublica

About ResPublica

About the Trust

We are an independent non-partisan think tank based in Westminster that seeks to establish a new economic, social and cultural settlement for the United Kingdom. Our interventions in public policy and public debate have been decisive, and our ideas have been adopted by politicians of all parties.

What we believe

We believe in the common good and the development of real wealth that promotes both social and economic flourishing. To combat the concentration of wealth and power in the UK, we work for the greater distribution of agency and ownership. In order to heal the country’s social wounds, we seek the ties that bind and the policy that will rebuild and rectify. To mend our cultural rifts, we work to encourage a recovery of the codes that share virtue and values for all people.


How we achieve it

For the next three years, all of our work – which includes thought leadership and policy innovation, communicated via our reports, events, commentary and multi-media – will be based on our three founding principles: Society, Prosperity and Virtue.


“Phillip Blond has been at the cutting edge of progressive thinking about public services and the future of our society. ResPublica will now enable that thinking – and the practical policy suggestions which flow from it – to be carried forward. It is an exciting initiative which has arrived at a vital time.”
The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, former Prime Minister.

“One of the most exciting thinkers around.”
The Rt. Hon. Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office.

“ResPublica is an important and timely addition to the policy landscape in the UK, leading a strand of debate around mutualism, reciprocity and community that transcends traditional divisions between left and right.”
John Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham.

“It is a sign of the bankruptcy of the liberal left that it falls to Phillip Blond to make the principled but liberal case about what kind of capitalism we want.”
Will Hutton, author, ‘The Stakeholding Society.’

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