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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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.

IPS Statement on the Congressional Bailout of Wall Street

Congress needs to address the bailout’s unfinished agenda and fix our broken financial system.

Development Redefined

The death of market fundamentalism has triggered the development debate’s return.

The Bailout and ‘Greedy’ CEOs

Congress should use the proposed bailout legislation for much-needed reform.

Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match

This brief history of development connects an arcane world with contemporary forces of globalization, environmental degradation, and the violation of perhaps the essential human right: to be considered individually, equally, in an economically viable world and way.

Executive Excess 2008: How Average Taxpayers Subsidize Runaway Pay

This 15th annual report calculates the annual cost of tax loopholes that encourage excessive executive pay.

Remembering Stewart

A tribute to the great philanthropist Stewart Mott.

High Flyers

How private jet travel is straining the system, warming the planet, and costing you money.

How You Can Help Build a More Just and Sustainable World Economy

Workers, consumers, and investors have the power to make a greener, more just planet.

The Rich and the Rest of Us

In this age of inequality, the wealth that should be shared by all Americans trickle up to the rich.

Shape Up and Ship Out

How the Pentagon can cut the military budget and still keep us safe.

Transforming the Jangling Discords of Our World into a Beautiful Symphony

Remarks made at the 2008 Take Back America conference session on strategies to end the Iraq War.

Trade Issues Are Not Just About NAFTA and the Rust Belt

We need to shift from a “Wal-Mart economy” to one built on dignified jobs and healthy communities.