Max Wind-Cowie runs the Progressive Conservatism Project at Demos, which identifies conservative values and policies that have progressive ends.
Max Wind-Cowie runs the Progressive Conservatism Project, which identifies conservative values and policies that have progressive ends.
The Progressive Conservatism Project has recently published work on the Conservative Party's relationship with trade unions by Robert Halfon MP, a collection of essays from leading Tory women and research reports on regeneration, forced marriage, pride and welfare reform.
Max has written extensively about patriotism and civic engagement as motivators for pro-social behaviour and about long-term reform to the welfare system to promote individual and community responsibility. He blogs regularly for ConservativeHome, Platform 10 and the Huffington Post and has written for the Telegraph on localism, Britishness and human rights.
Max is a Campaign Adviser to the centre-right campaign group Right Angle. Prior to joining Demos, Max worked in policy and public affairs at the Charity Commission and Mind.
Recapitalising the Poor makes proposals across Housing Benefits, pensions and money-lending to end the current cash-based, drip-feed welfare system and propose ways to give low-waged workers and families the assets to lift themselves out of dependency.
As part of Demos' Progressive Coservatism project, Leading from the Front argues that public sector reform must empower frontline staff to create empowered citizens and improved public service provision.
Inequality has not always been seen as a priority for conservatives. This pamphlet argues that in face of new evidence about the impact of ‘everyday inequalities’ – those inequalities we see around us that are transparently unfair or undeserved – conservatives should now look again at the issue of distribution in our society.
This report looks at how two sink estates transformed their areas from the ground up, and what the 'Big Society, Big Citizens' agenda can learn from these experiences.
Open Economics is the first step to rebalancing the power of economic expertise in public life. It considers reforms that work towards consensus and public engagement in economic debate.
This pamphlet informs the task of welfare reform, demonstrating how people can be better protected from financial shocks at a reduced cost to the state.
A collection of essays that explores some of central questions around the Conservative party’s race agenda.
New research argues for a revised approach to our relationship with patriotism
A collection of essays reflecting on the Open Society and the threats it faces.
This report argues that a radical transformation in Government policy is needed to reap the rewards big data could offer.
This report outlines a new tool for measuring the social value of corporate sponsorship.
This report investigates the practice of forced marriage in the UK, suggesting how it can be brought to an end.
This collection brings together contributions from female Conservative MPs.
This think piece argues that Government needs to use 'nudge'-style policy instruments to reward those who take responsibility.
A survey of almost 1,000 aspiring entrepreneurs reveals their attitudes and evaluates how government can better help their businesses.
Duty of Care asks whether employers have a role to play in widening and strengthening financial protection for workers in the UK.
This report provides the results of the Measuring Up evaluation.
Squaring the Circle investigates how we can promote financial security and wellbeing at a time of declining living standards and constrained public spending.
This report calls for a new settlement between the state, the individual and local communities.
This project looks at ways of using conservative theory and ideology to deliver progressive aims in the context of poverty in the UK.More
The Progressive Conservatism Project will set out a new, radical agenda for how older people can be better supported by the state and each other in a time of shrinking budgets, by creating a new facilitator services to unscramble the complex web of state and charitable help already on offer.More
This project aims to facilitate genuine public engagement in British foreign policy. Demos will ask a representative sample of British people, with advice and debate from internationally renowned experts and thinkers, to draw up a list of principles on which they feel that British foreign policy should be based.More
Demos will hold some great events at the three major party conferences this autumn. Find out who's involved, what we'll be discussing and how you can be part of it.More
This project will focus on 'practical patriotism', investigating the things that make people feel proud and give them a sense of belonging.More
This project will investigate the Conservative Party's relationship to issues of race and identity.More
The Demos collection series brings together thought leaders and experts to write on the big questions facing society.More
This project aims to identify an effective cross-border approach to tackling forced marriage in Britain.More
This project investigates how we can promote financial security and wellbeing at a time of declining living standards and constrained public spending.More
Max Wind-Cowie considers what Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole mean for modern patriotism.
Max Wind-Cowie writes on marriage, schools and snow.
Max Wind-Cowie thinks the Left should give up bullying the Tax Payers Alliance.
An incoming Conservative government will have to pass '12 tests in 2012' if it is to be judged truly progressive after two years in power.
18/09/08 Max Wind-Cowie comments on a breakfast event with David Cameron at...
17/08/09 Max Wind-Cowie comments on a poll that places the Conservatives as...
12/08/09 Max Wind-Cowie thinks that serving school lunches in pubs might...
16/07/09 The news that the world's oldest mother has died is relevant for progressive...
10/06/09 The political classes are in a tizz. Buried in every broadsheet, somewhere...