John Cavanagh was Director of the Institute for Policy Studies from 1999-2021, and is now a Senior Advisor at IPS. 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. His newest book (with Robin Broad) is The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed. 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, the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, the National Guestworkers Alliance, and is board chair of the Fund for Constitutional Government. He is a senior advisor of the Poor People’s Campaign.

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’s degree from Dartmouth College, and a Masters from Princeton University.

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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.

Towards an Economic System that Works for People and the Planet

A civil society statement on the G20 summit from IPS Director John Cavanagh and coalition members.

Swear Off ‘Market Fundamentalism’

As long as U.S. officials continue to refuse to face the reality of a post-market fundamentalist world, they will further contribute to the crisis.

Obamas Victory

Four experts discuss the significance of Obama’s presidential win and some of the challenges that lie ahead for U.S. progressive movements.

A New Day

With sweeping Democratic victories in the House, Senate, and presidential races, a new day has dawned for American politics.

Remarks of John Cavanagh, IPS Director, at the 32nd Annual Letelier-Moffitt Awards

The 2008 Letelier-Moffitt Awards were held on October 15th, and celebrated APRODEH and the Indian Workers’ Congress for their inspiring work in human rights.

Analysis of Treasury Department Rules on Executive Compensation for Bailout Firms

Treasury Department’s new rules clarify some provisions in the bailout but fail to set monetary limits for CEO pay.

World Bank Should Not Be Solving Food Crisis

When it comes to food shortages around the world, the World Bank does more harm than good.

How Badly Can the ‘Experts’ Ruin the Planet?

Look no further than the World Bank to see how many economic, social, and environmental problems so-called experts can make worse.