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Research organisation
Industry Social and political research
Genre Public policy
Founded 2009; 8 years ago (2009)
Founder Phillip Blond
Key people
Phillip Blond, Caroline Julian
Services Policy analysis and solutions
Number of 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'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]


David Cameron, then the Leader of the Opposition, spoke at ResPublica's launch in 2009 and at that time Philip Blond was said to be a major influence on him.[5]

In 2011 ResPublica was forced to make staff redundant after financial troubles led to it being unable to pay its rent for a time. Philip Blond was later criticised in the media over "claims he ‘raided’ the coffers of his own think tank to pursue a jet-set lifestyle."[6][7]

Notable publications[edit]

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.[8][9][10] 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.[8]

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.[11]

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 then Lord Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens, was debated in the House of Lords.[12]

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.[13] The report featured proposals for a 'Bankers' Oath' which was reported on widely in the media.[14]

In February 2015, ResPublica published 'Restoring Britain's City States: Devolution, public service reform and local economic growth' at the UK Devolution Summit, jointly hosted by ResPublica and The Core Cities.[15][16][17][18]

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. ^ Daily Telegraph 3 December 2009
  6. ^ Sunday Times 5 June 2011 (paywall)
  7. ^ Daily Mail 24 October 2011
  8. ^ a b "To Buy, To Bid, To Build: Community rights for an asset-owning democracy". ResPublica. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "ResPublica launches asset owning report". Charity Times. 
  10. ^ "Ultimate sell-off". Morning Star. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Respublica responds to the Energy and Climate Change Committee's Latest Report". ResPublica. 
  12. ^ "Video & Transcript: House of Lords debate of Holistic Mission report". ResPublica. 
  13. ^ "Virtutous Banking: Placing ethos and purpose at the heart of finance". ResPublica. 
  14. ^ "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. 
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