John Cavanagh has been Director of the Institute for Policy Studies since 1999. He directed IPS’ Global Economy Program from 1983-1997. Cavanagh is the co-author of 12 books and numerous articles on a wide range of social and economic issues. He co-authored (with Richard J. Barnet) Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and the New World Order, which sold over 60,000 copies with Simon & Schuster. Cavanagh co-led a 24-person team to create the International Forum on Globalization book Alternatives to Economic Globalization, which sold over 20,000 copies and was translated into 12 languages.

Cavanagh sits on the boards of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, the International Forum on Globalization, International Labor Rights Forum, the Fund for Constitutional Government, and the New Economy Coalition.

Cavanagh worked as an economist for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (1978-1981) and the World Health Organization (1981-1982). He served on the Civil Society Advisory Committee of the UN Development Program (2000-2012). He received a Bachelor degree from Dartmouth College, and a Masters from Princeton University.

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7 Ways to End the Deficit (without Throwing Grandma under the Bus)

Cutting the deficit doesn’t have to hurt. John Cavanagh describes seven places in the budget where we can make cuts that actually make our country greener, more secure, and more sustainable.

Mining for Gold: A Pact With the Devil?

The economic crisis – and the rising price of gold – have spurred North American firms to reopen mines and attack environmental regulations. Here’s what we can learn from El Salvador’s moratorium on new mining permits.

Unconventional Wisdom: 2012 Letelier-Moffitt Awards

Student activists in Chile and foreclosure opponents in Boston showed the way to fight for human rights, and will be honored by IPS this fall.

Unconventional Wisdom: The Power of Culture

The Institute for Policy Studies has a long history of combining political analysis with the power of culture

Trading in Democracy: Why Rights Are Still For Real People

International trade deals allow businesses to sue elected governments when corporate interests are threatened abroad. Here’s why you should care.

Mining Gold, Undermining Democracy

Neither foreign investors nor unelected tribunals deserve the power to trump democratically elected leaders.

What Comes Next?: Building on Occupy and the 99% Spring

Many movements, many similar messages. What could the increasing cooperation between protesters mean for the future of the ninety-nine percent?

The Nonsense Zone

IPS is grateful to Bill O’Reilly for this opportunity to showcase our proud history of public scholarship on inequality, peace, justice, and the environment.

Bank CEOs Gain as Millions Lose Dreams, Retirement to Foreclosure

While foreclosures have devastated the financial security of millions of American families, the CEOs of Wells Fargo and Bank of America have seen their retirement packages balloon.

Organizing Across Generations

Our allies talk to Bill Moyers about restoring domestic workers’ rights and the 99% Spring.

A World Bank President We Can Get Behind?

The candidates for next month’s selection could finally change the game of serving markets over people – and we all might have a role to play.

The Race for World Bank President Takes Shape with Two More Candidates

A Colombian and a Nigerian vie to be chief of a World Bank that’s like a colonial outfit: a workforce from the developing world with an American president.

Why We Are Still Not Supporting Jeffrey Sachs to be World Bank President

Even today, Sachs’s approach to development remains top-down and formulaic.

Why We Are Not Supporting Jeffrey Sachs to be World Bank President

Even today, Sachs’s approach to development remains top-down and formulaic.

What Do The New World Bank Statistics Really Tell Us?

The statistics upon which most poverty elimination strategies are based are extremely misleading, and often steer experts toward the wrong solutions.

Occupy vs. the Global Race to the Bottom

Incorporating corporate globalization into the Occupy analysis and agenda.

Unconventional Wisdom: The President Talks About Inequality

Thanks to the persistence of the Occupy movement and Romney’s tin ear, President Obama devoted much of his State of the Union address to the damage extreme inequality wreaks on our democracy.

The State of the 99 Percent

The Occupy movement is clearly affecting political rhetoric… but what about real action?

Unconventional Wisdom: Bread and Roses

Ponder the 100th anniversary of one of the most important strikes in American labor history, a key moment in the history that now leads us to the Occupy movement.

Human Rights over Corporate Rights: Taking on the Trade Laws of the 1 Percent

A protest at the World Bank supported El Salvador’s attempts to say no to gold mining and yes to democracy.