A decade on from the crash and the subsequent all-out assault on Britain’s welfare state, politics has radically changed. The global rise of populism brings to the fore questions of where the boundaries of citizenship lie and the relationship between citizens and the state. Our public services and social safety net are in need of reinvestment and reimagining.

This issue explores what a modern, emancipatory welfare state would look like. Progressives will need to recast both policy and statecraft for the politics of the day: only then can we recover from the damage of the previous eight years and realise a better future for all.