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Type Research organisation
Industry Social and political research
Genre Public policy
Founded 2009
Founders Phillip Blond
Key people Phillip Blond, Caroline Julian
Services Policy analysis and solutions
Employees 11 Staff + 16 Fellows

ResPublica (from the Latin phrase, res publica meaning 'public thing') is a British independent public policy think tank, founded in 2009 by Phillip Blond.[1][2] It describes itself as a multi-disciplinary, non party-political research organisation, whose aim is to create bold solutions to enduring social and economic problems.[3]

ResPublica is an independent, non-partisan think tank, focusing on developing practical solutions to socio-economic and cultural problems in the UK.

ResPublica's ideas are founded on the principles of a post-liberal vision of the future which moves beyond the traditional political dichotomies of left and right, and which prioritise the need to recover the language and practice of the common good.[4]

Notable Publications[edit]

Recommendations from ResPublica's first publication, 'The Ownership State', were endorsed by both Conservative and Labour parties in the run up to the United Kingdom elections of 2010.[5][6]

ResPublica's report "To Buy, To Bid, To Build: Community Rights for an Asset Owning Democracy", launched on 15 November 2010, listed strategies for privatising under-performing public sector built assets.[7][8][9] Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Decentralisation at the Department for Communities and Local Government, spoke at the launch, which was hosted at NESTA with the support of the Development Trusts Association.[7]

On 13 February 2012, ResPublica published "Re-energising Our Communities: Transforming the energy market through local energy production".[10] Its recommendations are directly reflected in the Energy Generation (Planning and Right to Invest) Bill, which was introduced in March 2012. Media coverage of the paper included Scotland on Sunday,[11] The Ecologist[12] and Business Green.[13]

On the day of the publication of ResPublica's paper "Military Academies: Tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and changing outcome", David Cameron expressed his interest and support for the publication, saying during PMQS: "We should empower our cadet forces to expand and perhaps to go into parts of the country where they have not always been present. The link that my hon. Friend makes between them and schools is a very good idea, which we should promote and support."[14] The report was covered in The Telegraph.[15] and Sky News[16]

In July, ResPublica's recommendations for Military Academies were endorsed by the Labour Party.[17][18]

In February 2013, ResPublica published "Marriage:Union for the future or contract for the present".[19] Ahead of its launch, David Burrowes MP endorsed its findings.[20]

As part of the report ‘The Community Renewables Economy’, ResPublica submitted evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s Local Energy consultation, and to the Department for Energy and Climate Change ‘s (DECC) Community Energy call for evidence.[21]

In June 2013, the report “Risk Waiver: Closing the protection gap for consumers and opening the credit flow for providers” was launched in parliament, and covered in The Guardian.[22]

In July 2013, Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, launched ResPublica’s report “Holistic Mission: Social Action and the Church of England".

In November 2013, the motion “to move that this House takes note of the July 2013 report of ResPublica ‘Holistic Mission: Social Action and the Church of England’", which was proposed by the Lord Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens, was debated in the House of Lords.[23]

In July 2014, ResPublica's report 'Virtuous Banking: Restoring ethos and purpose to the heart of finance' was launched at the Financial Times by Sir Richard Lambert, Chair of the Banking Standards Review council.[24] The report featured proposals for a 'Bankers' Oath' which was reported on widely in the media,[25] and was printed in its entirety on page 3 of the Times.[26]

2014 Publications[edit]

2013 Publications[edit]

2012 Publications[edit]

2011 Publications[edit]

2010 Publications[edit]

2009 Publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Sackur, ed. (20 October 2009) [2009], ResPublica, a leading think tank, BBC News Channel, 05:20, archived from the original on 20 October 2009, retrieved 21 June 2010, "ResPublica, a leading think tank" 
  2. ^ " announces ResPublica website". 
  3. ^ "About ResPublica". ResPublica. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  4. ^ "ResPublica - About us". ResPublica. 
  5. ^ "The Ownership State: Restoring excellence, innovation and ethos to the public services". ResPublica. 
  6. ^ "Conservative manifesto: 2010 general election party policy". Telegraph. 
  7. ^ a b "To Buy, To Bid, To Build: Community rights for an asset-owning democracy". ResPublica. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "ResPublica launches asset owning report". Charity Times. 
  9. ^ "Ultimate sell-off". Morning Star. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Re-energising Our Communities: Transforming the energy market through local energy production". ResPublica. 
  11. ^ "Community Power Projects Urged to Challenge Big Firms". Scotland on Sunday. 
  12. ^ "Are the 'Big Six' Energy Companies Blocking Renewables in the UK?". The Ecologist. 
  13. ^ "Government Urged to Boost Tax Breaks on Community Energy Schemes". Business Green. 
  14. ^ "House of Commons, Wednesday 11 January 2012". The House of Commons. 
  15. ^ "Military should run troubled schools to prevent new generation of rioters, says think tank". The Telegraph. 
  16. ^ "Military Academy Schools Plan". Sky News. 
  17. ^ "Helping more young people benefit from the values and expertise of our Armed Services". The Labour Party. 
  18. ^ "Why the military must invade our schools". The Telegraph. 
  19. ^ "Marriage: Union for the future or contract for the present". ResPublica. 
  20. ^ "It's time to Stand Up for the Progressive and Conservative Institution of Marriage". The Huffington Post. 
  21. ^ "Respublica responds to the Energy and Climate Change Committee’s Latest Report". ResPublica. 
  22. ^ "Banks should insure loans to small businesses, thinktank says". The Guardian. 
  23. ^ "Video & Transcript: House of Lords debate of Holistic Mission report". ResPublica. 
  24. ^ "Virtutous Banking: Placing ethos and purpose at the heart of finance". ResPublica. 
  25. ^ "A Hippocratic oath for bankers?". The Washington Post. "Today Programme 29th June 2014". BBC Radio 4. "Bankers 'must swear oath' after scandals, says report". BBC News. "Bankers should be made to take 'moral oath'". Sky News. "Should bankers have to swear an oath? Sir Richard Lambert seems to think so". The Telegraph. "'Make bankers swear oath to do good like doctors'". The Independent. "Video: Bankers change slowly". The Financial Times. "Banker's oath? Pah, how about threaten them with ye old bag of adders?". City Am. "The Guardian view on the latest scandal in a rotten culture". The Guardian. "David Fagleman: When it comes to the banks, financial stability isn't enough". Conservative Home. "Bankers Should Be Made To Take 'Moral Oath'". LBC Radio. "Bankers called upon to swear oath not to rip off their customers". The Huffington Post. 
  26. ^ "Bankers are urged to do their duty to employer and country". The Times. 

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