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Max Wind-Cowie

Deputy Director: ResPublica North

As Deputy Director for ResPublica North, Max has day-to-day responsibility for ResPublica North and for our True North Forum.

Max Wind-Cowie has worked in policy development for over a decade, including senior roles at the think tank Demos, at Which? The Consumer Association and as a senior adviser to corporate and public sector clients with Lodestone Communications.

Max has written widely on devolution and on public service reform – with a particular emphasis on innovation in welfare and health and on the potential benefits of big data to public policy. His published work includes Next Steps for Financial Resilience, Control Shift: A new settlement for the state, the individual and local communities and The Data Dividend: making the most of big data in public services. Max also has a research interest in national and regional identity and is the author of A Place for Pride – a major study of patriotism and sub-national identities in the UK. Max has been published by national media including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Prospect Magazine, The New Statesman and others. He has appeared extensively on broadcast media – including on Radio 4’s Today Programme and The Moral Maze and as a commentator and expert on the BBC, Channel 4 News and on Sky News.

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

Yesterday’s letter from Ford to its employees was the latest chapter in the economic debate on Britain’s EU membership, which has largely focused on the...

Mutuals and Co-ops Can Be The Very Best Option!

The Quest for John Lewis Quality Public Services for Wales Wales has often been characterised by a radical political tradition that exists to promote a...

Book Review: ‘Taking Power Back: Putting people in charge of politics’ by Simon Parker

Nearly a year before the 2015 General Election, the Chancellor George Osborne announced that the country needed a ‘Northern Powerhouse’: an attempt to bring together...

Remain: The truly patriotic choice

In its latest volley of relentless negativity, the Remain campaign has targeted the grim outlook for UK trade were we to leave the EU. Last...

Becoming ‘the best place in the world’ for dementia treatment

This blog was originally published by Age UK   The Prime Minister wants the UK to be ‘the best place in the world to undertake research...

Beyond the Economic: The true value of Europe

Arguments against Britain leaving the EU have focused on economic cost-benefit-analyses and arguments from national self-interest. This does a disservice to an organisation which,...