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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Why Filipinos Should be Worried

The Philippines needs to become less vulnerable to the global economy and more rooted in local production for local consumption.

Crisis as Opportunity

How is the Philippines responding to the “triple crises of vulnerability”: the global economic crisis, the food crisis and the spreading environmental crises of water, forests, fisheries and climate?

The IPS Annual Report 2009

The Institute for Policy Studies entered 2009 determined to help transform the hope that surrounded Obama’s historic victory into meaningful change.

Why I’m Breaking the Law for Health Care

We’re standing up to insurance companies and demanding the reform our country so desperately needs.

Change Can Be Tougher Than Hope

The Obama administration can learn from its first year’s setbacks to guide the country in the right direction in 2010.

Jobs Crisis Needs Drastic Action

Nine months into the stimulus, with double-digit unemployment, we need a full-scale emergency relief plan.

Battered by the Storm: How the Safety Net Is Failing Americans and How to Fix It

The economic crisis is still on the rise for millions of Americans, while at the same time the social safety net is failing to support many of them.

Remember the Real Villain–Wall Street

We’re pointing fingers at President Obama — when those responsible for the economic crisis escape blame.

Executive Excess 2009: America’s Bailout Barons

The 16th annual Institute for Policy Studies “Executive Excess” report exposes this year’s windfalls for top financial bailout recipients.

No Consensus on the Washington Consensus

On local, national, and international levels, new forces have risen to challenge the Consensus and create alternatives.

Reversing the Great Tax Shift: Seven Steps to Finance Our Economic Recovery Fairly

Tax Day 2009 will come upon a time of financial crisis and extreme economic inequality. The Institute for Policy Studies proposes a series of measures to alleviate both problems.

London Econ Summit: Born of Good Intentions, But Ends in Disastrous Results

The governments of the largest economies in the world walked out of the summit with a plan that takes the global economy three big steps backwards.

We’re in the Midst of an Epic Battle over the Direction of this Nation

Obama has opened the door to change. Whether we can blow on through depends on us and our ability to organize.

Paying for a Strong Economy

IPS scholars find that taxes on the wealthy don’t hurt consumption, and discourage the type of speculation that fueled the high-tech and housing bubbles.

A Bold Proposal for a New Economy

John Cavanagh talks about David Korten’s new book, which proposes a real-wealth solution to the current financial crisis.

Stimulus: One Percent for the Imagination

Sign this petition, sponsored by IPS and Split this Rock, urging Congress to allocate 1 percent of the stimulus package to the arts.

A Sensible Plan for Recovery

Americans recognize the need to act on our current crisis but detest the idea that ordinary taxpayers should bear the brunt of bailing out the kingpins of Wall Street.

Arts Stimulus Plan

Here’s a detailed call for the stimulus plan to include a program that will support artists and writers.

Skewed Priorities

The approximately $4.1 trillion that the United States and European governments have committed to bail out financial firms is 40 times the money they’re spending to fight climate and poverty crises in the developing world.

Bailouts Dwarf Spending on Climate and Poverty Crises

The approximately $4.1 trillion that the United States and Europe have committed to rescue financial firms is 40 times the money they’re spending to fight climate and poverty crises in the developing world.