Richard Reeves (British author)

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Richard Reeves
Occupation Historian, writer, philosopher, politician, journalist, political theorist
Nationality British
Alma mater Wadham College (B.A., 1990)
University of Warwick (PhD, philosophy, 2012)
Subject History, philosophy, liberal politics

Richard Reeves is a British writer and scholar and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.


Reeves is Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at Brookings, working principally on issues related to intergenerational mobility, inequality and social change. In 2014, he published a Brookings Essay, Saving Horatio Alger, along with a video in which he used Lego bricks to illustrate levels of social mobility in the U.S. In May 2014, he appeared in a Daily Show segment satirizing how the complaints about the plight of the poorer members of the top 1% distracts from solutions to social mobility.

Until 2012 Reeves was Director of Strategy to Deputy Prime Minister` Nick Clegg.[1] Previously he had been director of the London-based think tank Demos. Reeves has held positions including Director of Futures at The Work Foundation, a British non-profit organisation, Society Editor of The Observer, Economics Correspondent and Washington Correspondent of The Guardian, and policy adviser to Frank Field when he was Minister for Welfare Reform.

Reeves has published two books, John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand (2007),[2] a biography of the British liberal philosopher and politician, and Happy Mondays (2002) about job satisfaction.[3] He co-authored The 80 Minute MBA (2009) with John Knell, a condensed business management book.[4] He is a former European Business Speaker of the Year.

Reeves appears regularly on radio and television as a political commentator, and writes for a variety of publications including the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Observer. He is also a regular contributor to the online 'Think Tank' section of the Wall Street Journal. In 2005, he co-presented the four-part BBC2 series, Making Slough Happy.[5] He writes regularly in British newspapers and magazines[6] on politics, well-being [4], work and character [5]. In 2008 he argued in The Guardian that social-liberals [a majority of Lib Dem members] should not be involved with the Liberal Democrats, but the Labour Party [6].

In summer 2010 Reeves left Demos, joining the office of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a Liberal Democrat, as a Special Advisor. In 2012 Reeves urged the Liberal Democrats to choose to become a radical centrist political party, "a hard-driving radical liberal party of the political centre", continuing his campaign for centre left Liberal Democrats to leave, "Any attempt to position the Liberal Democrats as a party of the centre left after five years of austerity government in partnership with the Conservatives will be laughed out of court by the voters – and rightly so. Anybody who wants a centre-left party will find a perfectly acceptable one in Labour. The Liberal Democrats need centrist voters, “soft Tories”, ex-Blairites, greens".[7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Spin doctor Andy Coulson earns more than Nick Clegg. The Guardian (10 June 2010). Retrieved on 6 January 2017.
  2. ^ Richard Reeves (2008). John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand. Atlantic. ISBN 978-1-84354-644-3. 
  3. ^ Richard Reeves (2002). Happy Mondays: Putting the Pleasure Back Into Work. Perseus Pub. ISBN 978-0-7382-0659-2. 
  4. ^ The 80 Minute MBA. The 80 Minute MBA. Retrieved on 6 January 2017.
  5. ^ Health | Path to true happiness 'revealed'. BBC News (15 November 2005). Retrieved on 2017-01-06.
  6. ^ Including the New Statesman[1], Prospect[2], The Guardian[3], The Observer, The Sunday Times and Management Today.
  7. ^ Reeves, Richard (19 September 2012). "The Case for a Truly Liberal Party". The New Statesman, p. 26. Retrieved 26 February 2013.

External links[1][edit]

  1. ^ "Home". The Brookings Institution.