Will Hutton

Will Hutton’s writings on political economy have marked him out as among the most prominent and influential social democratic voices in the UK in the past twenty years. He worked for many years as a journalist, including stints at the BBC and as a columnist for Guardian and Observer, where he was also editor-in-chief. He has combined his journalistic work with his role as chief executive of The Work Foundation and a range of academic posts, including his current position as Principal of Hertford College, Oxford. He is most famous for his 1997 book The State We’re In, a centre left diagnosis of Britain after eighteen years of Conservative rule which criticized the rampant growth of an irresponsible financial sector and Thatcherite economics, calling for a ‘stakeholder society’ rooted in the German model and a reinvigorated industrial policy. Polity has published his The Stakeholding Society: Writings on Politics and Economics.