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Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford is the degree course of choice for those in politics, policy or journalism. In fact more than 40 current MPs including the Prime Minister have studied PPE, as have countless other world leaders.

This is because knowledge of politics and economics, and the philosophy that underlies the two, allows one to more meaningfully engage with, comment upon, and indeed govern society. Those who do not have access to this knowledge are open to manipulation by those who do.*

We do not think that those in power should have a monopoly on this knowledge.

Our project, “People’s PPE” aims to deliver a series of lectures, seminars, debates and workshops aiming to empower the grassroots and enable ordinary people to become more politically engaged and literate.

For more information about People’s PPE or to get involved, please complete our short form here. Thank you.

*A clear example of this can be seen with the current government’s justification of austerity with the oft-repeated comparison between the nation’s budget and a household budget. This analogy is completely false, as has been demonstrated countless times by academics and economists, yet this false comparison remains popular. Unless ordinary people are politically and economically literate, they will not be in a position to critically address and deconstruct misleading narratives such as these.


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  1. Fantastic idea – more citizen engagement in economic policy in particular is desperately needed. People forget Economics is a social construct (PP also) not just the tool of politicians and the wealthy. Its being shaped entirely by those it benefits currently, this needs to be readdressed – so awesome to see you plans and discussion.

    Will there be more talks on this subject / online discussion?? Gutted as I cannot make next week’s event… I’ll be in New York running an event on Bank Regulation.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Cosimo!

      It is a shame that you won’t make it for the Economics event – we will have more events coming soon, and we are also going to try and help people run their own seminars. The talent is all around us.

      If you are back in the UK, do contact us and we should speak about you leading something here in the UK on Bank Regulation – or another topic!


      1. Sadly I don’t the expertise yet to lead (one day hopefully), but I’d be delighted to help organise something. One thing I note Ann and others picking up on is the “Too Big to Fail” topic which I have been working on closely, sure Yannis has some things to say on this also! I am running a Summit on this topic next week in NYC with all the major Banks + Regulators. An examination of this piece of Regulation from the people’s perspective I think is much needed.

        Happy to discuss over the phone or a coffee. Email is cosimomontagu at if you want to drop me a line.


  2. Hey Joni says:

    This is a great idea but for those of us living far away from London, and isolated from similarly minded people I have been interested in simple online resources. For example there are reading lists for PPE for example this one at Oxford Balliol College: Not sure if this is just an admissions reading list as it is not clear. However I wonder if a more left wing reading list might be more appropriate in this case. If someone could simply make a suggestion of a good list of books to cover the more important areas then that would be a good start. Of course tracking the books or material down is the next task. Anyone able to get a full reading list from someone doing PPE may be useful too.


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