John Ross (academic)

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John Ross is a British academic, journalist, blogger, and economic commentator who has been a left-wing political activist and worked as an economic advisor to Ken Livingstone when he was Mayor of London.

Ross joined the Trotskyist International Marxist Group (IMG) in the late 1960s. He worked with Bob Pennington to form the IMG Opposition Group. Ross was a central figure in the leadership of the IMG in the early 1980s when it became known as Socialist Action, but he gradually lost the support of much of its membership.[1][2][3][4] Ross was leader of one of three groups which emerged from the crisis of this group in the mid-1980s, the one which retained the name Socialist Action. They increasingly ceased to function as a normal left-wing group and became a group of advisors to Livingstone.

He wrote the books Thatcher and Friends - the Anatomy of the Tory Party (1983) and The Great Chess Game? A New Perspective on China's Destiny (2016) [5] and the journal article "Management Philosophy of the Greater London Authority". He is a columnist in English at [6] and is translated into Chinese at [7] and Sina Finance Opinion Leaders.[8]

He was Ken Livingstone's Policy Director of Economic and Business Policy.[9]

He is a senior fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China.[10]

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  1. ^ Patrick Avaakum, "Bob Pennington and the Trotskyist archipelago", Workers Liberty, April 1997, pp.42-44
  2. ^ Pitt, Bob. Review: The Economics of the Left Opposition in What Next? Marxist Discussion Journal.
  3. ^ Oliver, Johnathan. Ken Livingstone’s aides ‘in secret Marxist cell’ in The Sunday Times, January 20, 2008.
  4. ^ Bright, Martin. I now believe Ken is a disgrace to his office Archived 2009-12-01 at the Wayback Machine in London Evening Standard, January 21, 2008.
  5. ^ [英] 罗思义(John Ross) 著. "《一盘大棋?中国新命运解析》([英]罗思义(John Ross))【摘要 书评 试读】- 京东图书". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  6. ^ "Opinion". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  7. ^ 罗思义观察者网特约作者,中国人民大学重阳金融研究院高级研究员. "观察者网-中国关怀 全球视野". Retrieved 2017-03-24.
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  9. ^ Greater London Authority. London's Economy Today Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine, Issue 1, August 2002.
  10. ^ "Profile".