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What we are reading

This selection of writings brings together astute and important analyses on progressive politics and governance.

It includes both works which focus on big picture analyses and critique of the social, political and economic order and insightful studies on policy areas which have long-term implications for governance in western democracies.


Low-Performing Students: Why They Fall Behind and How To Help Them Succeed

February 2016

Unfinished business: women, men, work, family
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Random House Publishing, 2015

Income Inequality: The Gap between Rich and Poor
December 2015

The future of work - and why Labour would be wrong to ignore it
John Lloyd

New Statesman, February 2016

European foreign policy scorecard 2016
January 2016

If the UK votes to leave: The seven alternatives to EU membership
Jean-Claude Piris

Centre for European Reform, January 2016

Is economic policy sexist?
Diane Perrons
World Economic Forum, November 2015

Nick Clegg launches new SMF commission on inequality in education
Sean O'Brien
Social Market Foundation, January 2016

The ‘euro toolkit’: How to save Schengen in four key steps
Valentin Kreilinger

Jacques Delors Institut, December 2015

Goodhart-Nangle, demographic density & varieties of capitalism
Duncan Weldon
Medium, December 2015

Ahead of their time: From progressive rock to the progressive alliance
Emily Robinson
IPPR Juncture, January 2016

Responding to Europe's political polarisation
Jean Pisani-Ferry
France Strategie, January 2016

Leave robotic jobs to robots and improve humans’ lives
Sarah O'Connor
Financial Times, January 2016

Thinking small in the 21st century
Adam Lent

The Long+Short, January 2016

Practising What We Preach: Women and the Labour Party
Olivia Bailey
Fabians, December 2015

New frontiers in social innovation research
Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon & Madeline Gabriel
Nesta, December 2015

We don't need no federation: what a devolved eurozone would look like
Christian Odendahl

CER, December 2015

Who's breadwinning in Europe? A comparative analysis of maternal breadwinning in Great Britain and Germany
Giselle Cory & Alfie Stirling
IPPR, November 2015

The left never dies
Paul Magnette
Foundation Jean Jaurès, November 2015

Can we ensure that civic energy and social justice go together?
Anthony Painter
The RSA, October 2015

Room for a view: Democracy as a deliberative system
Simon Burall
Involve, October 2015

Humans need not apply: A guide to wealth and work in the age of artificial intelligence
Jerry Kaplan
Yale University Press, October 2015

A fight on our hands
Roger Liddle
Progress Online, October 2015

Learning by doing: The real connection between innovation, wages, and wealth
James Bessen
​Yale University Press, October 2015

Capitalism: Money, morals and markets
John Plender
Biteback Publishing, October 2015

How advancing women's equality can add $12 trillion to global growth
McKinsey Global Institute
McKinsey & Company, October 2015​

Letter from... Lisbon
Hugo Coelho
Progress Online, September 2015

In the valley of death: Labour and the disintegration of social democracy
Nick Pearce
New Statesman, September 2015

Labour is lost in England
Jon Cruddas
Labour List, September 2015

European climate finance: securing the best return
Guntram B. Wolff & Georg Zachmann
Bruegel, September 2015

Why in the digital economy workers should own more company shares
Richard Freeman
Social Europe, September 2015

Britain in the EU: Renegotiation scorecard
ECFR, Britain in Europe Project
September 2015

Le Bon Gouvernement
Pierre Rosanvallon
August 2015

The New Intergovernmentalism: States and Supranational Actors in the Post-Maastricht Era
Christopher J. Bickerton, Dermot Hodson & Uwe Puetter
Oxford University Press, July 2015

Securing a pay rise: The path back to shared wage growth
Conor D'Arcy & Gavin Kelly
Resolution Foundation, March 2015

Can Frans Timmermans Save Europe (And Social Democracy)?

Denis MacShane
Social Europe, February 2015

Britain teeters closer to the brink of Brexit
Anthony Giddens
Europe's World, February 2015

Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity
Lawrence H. Summers & Ed Balls
Center for American Progress, January 2015

The Nordic model towards 2030. A new chapter?
Jon Erik Dølvik, Tone Fløtten, Jon M. Hippe and Bård Jordfald
Fafo, Jan 2015

Reforms, investment and growth: An agenda for France, Germany and Europe
Henrik Enderlein & Jean Pisani-Ferry
Hertie School of Governance, Nov 2014

Productivity and digitalisation in Europe: Paving the road to faster growth

Bart Van Ark
The Lisbon Council, July 2014

Human capitals: Driving UK metro growth through workforce investment
RSA, City Growth Commission
July 2014

Right wing populism in Europe – How do we respond?

Ernst Hillebrand (eds)
FES, July 2014

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2014

C. Belfield, J Cribb, A.Hood & R. Joyce
Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), 15 July 2014

The condition of Britain: Strategies for social renewal
Kayte Lawton, Graeme Cooke, Nick Pearce
IPPR, June 2014

Crisis without end: The unravelling of western prosperity
Andrew Gamble
Palgrave Macmillan, June 2014

Labour's electorate: The new working class
Jeremy Cliffe

The Economist, 16 June 2014

Peter Mandelson
CER, 9 June 2014

Raising European productivity growth through ICT
Ben Miller & Robert D. Atkinson

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, 2 June 2014

The party’s over
Jan-Werner Müller

London Review of Books,Vol. 36 No. 10. 22 May 2014

Is the EU doomed?
Jan Zielonka

Polity Press, 25 April 2014

The future of work: Jobs and skills in 2030
UKCES, 9 March 2014

The global race for talent: Europe's migration challenge
Rainer Münz

Bruegel, 4 March 2014

For a Euro community
Eiffel Group

Bruegel, 14 February 2014

Capitalism redefined
Nick Hanauer & Eric Beinhocker

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Issue #31, Winter 2014

Capitalism Vs democracy
Thomas B. Edsall
New York Times, 28 January 2014

Robots will stay in the back seat in the second machine age
Andrew McAfee & Erick Brynjolfsson
FT Comment, 21 January 2014

The future of jobs: The onrushing wave
The Economist, 18 January 2014

A post-liberal future
David Goodhart
Demos Quarterly, 17 January 2014

The end of Power?
Moises Naim
RSA, 16 January 2014

The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?
Gavin Kelly

The Observer, 4 January 2014

America’s social democratic future
Lane Kenworthy
Foreign Policy, 1 January 2014

Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works
McKinsey Center for Government, 1 January 2014

The Political Economy of the Service Transition – Book review
James Plunkett

Renewal, Vol 21 No 4 2013

On liberalisation
Kathleen Thelen

Juncture, 16 December 2013

Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism

Peter Hall
Times Higher Education, 21 November 2013

Second Tier Cities in Europe: In An Age of Austerity Why Invest Beyond the  Capitals?
Michael Parkinson
Liverpool John Moores University, 1 November 2013

For a Euro Union
Glienicker Gruppe

Glienicker Gruppe (first published in die Zeit), 17 October 2013

Centre for Cities Outlook 2014
Centre for Cities, 1 November 2013

First Brexit, then break-up
David Marquand

New Statesman, 3 October 2013

What Is It About Politicians?
Tony Wright
Political Quarterly, 1 October 2013

Real Apprenticeships: Creating a revolution in English skills
Boston Consulting Group for the Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust, October 2013

The New Politics of Evasion
William A. Galston & Elaine C. Kamarck
Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Issue #30, Fall 2013

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy
Bruce Katz & Jennifer Bradley
Brookings Institution Press

The politics of predistribution
Jacob Hacker, Ben Jackson & Martin O’Neill
Renewal, Vol 21 No 2/3 2013

Different routes to reforming politics
Gerry Stoker
Political Studies Association, August 2013

The sandwich generation: older women balancing work and care
Dalia Ben-Galim and Amna Silim
IPPR, 1 August 2013
Did Labour's social policy programme work?
Ruth Lupton, John Hills, Kitty Stewart & Polly Vizard

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 1 July 2013

Unions are doing a bad job for Britain
David Goodhart
Prospect, 19 June 2013

The Next Social Contract: An American Agenda for Reform
Michael Lind
New America Foundation, 10 June 2013

Better to Suffer Inside the Eurozone: For the South, Europe is Still the Solution
Andrés Ortega
GMF, May 2013

Now Ukip is gunning for Labour, what's Ed Miliband going to do about it?
Robert Ford & Matthew Goodwin
The Guardian, 30 May 2013

Tilting at European windmills
Katinka Barysch
Centre for European Reform, 29 May 2013

The political economy of the service transition
Anne Wren
Renewal, Vol 21 No 1 2013

The Locust and the Bee: Predators and Creators in Capitalism's Future
Geoff Mulgan
Princeton, May 2013

The Passage to Europe: How a Continent Became a Union
Luuk van Middelaar
Yale, May 2013

The New Sick Man of Europe: the European Union
Andrew Kohut
PewResearch, May 2013

Are the Good Jobs Gone?
Thomas B. Edsall
New York Times, 17 April 2013

The social market and its discontents – analysing capitalism and public policy
Michael Jacobs & Ian Mulheirn
Political Quarterly, 16 April 2013

The economic and politics of the Euro crisis: A varieties-of-capitalism perspective
Peter Hall 
LSE, 14 March 2013

Social democracy in the age of austerity and resistance: the radical potential of democratising capital
Joe Guinan
Renewal, Jan-Feb 2013

Investing in UK prosperity: skills, infrastructure and innovation
Tim Besley & John Van Reenen
Vox EU, 31 January 2013

The British growth crisis: a crisis of and for growth
Colin Hay

Speri, January 2013

The welfare debate is only just warming up
Gavin Kelly

New Statesman, 20 December 2012

Politics as Theory and Politics as Practice
David Blunkett
Political Quarterly, Volume 83, Issue 4, October-December 2012

The Emerging Neocommunitarianism
William Davies
Political Quarterly, Volume 83, Issue 4, October-December 2012

The Future of Europe: Economics, Politics and Identity
David Miliband

Presidential Lecture Series, 26 September 2012

Predistribution: an unsnappy name for an inspiring idea
Martin O'Neill
The Guardian, 12 September 2012

What Krugman & Stiglitz can tell us
Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson
New York Review of Books, Sept 2012

Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage
Robert D. Atkinson & Stephen J. Ezell
Yale, September 2012

The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making
John Kay
UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, 23 July 2012


OSE Paper Series, Opinion Paper No. 11, July 2012

Europe’s Missing Union
David Marquand
New York Times, 8 July 2012

Le Changement, c’est Maintenant
Andrew Gamble
The Political Quarterly, Volume 83, Issue 3, July - September 2012

Parochial and Cosmopolitan Britain: Examining the Social Divide in Reactions to Immigration
Robert Ford
German Marshall Fund, June 2012

Completing the Euro: A road map towards fiscal union in Europe

Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa group
Notre Europe, 26 June 2012

A Europe of incentives: How to regain the trust of citizens and markets
Mark Leonard and Jan Zielonka
European Council on Foreign Relations, Summer 2012

The forgotten communitarian
Will Marshall
Democracy, Summer 2012

Elections in hard times
Larry Bartels
Juncture IPPR, Volume 1, May 2012

Have the social sciences failed us?
Andrew Gamble
British Academy, 16 April, 2012

Plurality, Stewardship and Engagement
The Ownership Commission, March 2012

The future of history: Can liberal democracy survive the decline of the middle class?
Francis Fukuyama
Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb 2012

Going, going, . . . gone? The decline of party membership in contemporary Europe
Ingrid van Biezen , Peter Mair, Thomas Poguntke
European Journal of Political Science, Jan 2012

Equality with a Happy Bourgoisie: The Social Democratic Road to Equality
Gosta Esping-Andersen
Self-published, December 2011

Markets in a State?
Mary Ann Sieghart, Ian Mulheirn, Philip Collins et al.
Social Market Foundation, 17 November 2011

UK economic performance since 1997: How bad was Labour? And what are the implications for restoring growth?
Dan Corry, Anna Valero & John Van Reenen
LSE: Centre for Economic Performance, 15 November 2011

A reflection on populism
Pierre Rosanvallon
Booksandideas.net, 10 November 2011

Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery
Menzie D. Chinn & Jeffry A. Frieden
Norton, Obtober 2011

The crises of democratic capitalism
Wolfgang Streeck
New Left Review 71, September-October 2011

Neither revolution nor reform: A new strategy for the left
Gar Alperovitz
Dissent Magazine, Fall 2011

The inefficiency of industrial and innovation policy in France
Karl Aiginger
VOX, 3 October 2011

The Mirrlees Review
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Institute for Fiscal Studies, September 2011

The Credibility Deficit
Stephen Beer
Fabian Society, 25 September 2011

The strange non-death of neoliberalism
Colin Crouch
Extract from The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism, Polity Books, 2011

The paradox of liberalisation – Understanding dualism and the recovery of the German political economy
Anke Hassel
LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series, September 2011

The shattering of illusions – And what next?
Loukas Tsoukalis
Journal of Common Market Studies, Annual review, Aug 2011

Progress for the poor
Lane Kerworthy
Progress for the poor, Oxford University Press, August 25, 2011

The intellectual collapse of left and right
Michael Lind
The FT, August 22, 2011

Socialism in one country
The LRB reviews the blue labour book: The Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox.
David Runciman
The London Review of Books, 28 July, 2011

Five tasks for Europe’s leaders

Jean Pisani-Ferry
The FT, June 28, 2011

The Busts Keep Getting Bigger: Why?
New York Review of Books essay on Jeff Madrick's new book: "Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of Amercia, 1970 to the Present."
Paul Krugman and Robin Wells
New York Review of Books, July 14, 2011

E Pluribus Unum? Varieties and Commonalities of Capitalism

Wolfgang Streeck
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, July 2011

Monetary union, fiscal crisis and the preemption of democracy
Fritz W. Scharpf
LSE, European Institute, May 2011

The Labour tradition and the politics of paradox

Maurice Glasman, Jonathan Rutherford, Marc Stears, Stuart White (eds)
Soundings Journal, May 2011

Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class
Jacob Hacker & Paul Pierson
Simon & Schuster, March 2011

The Origins and Evolution of Progressive Economics
Ruy Teixeira & John Halpin
Centre for American Progress, March 2011

Why is the European Left Losing Elections?
David Miliband
Political Quarterly/LSE lecture, 8 March, 2011

The globalisation paradox
Dani Rodrik
The globalisation paradox, W. W. Norton, February 2011

Reclaiming Middle-Class America
Jacob S. Hacker
American Prospect, February 16, 2011

Multiculturalism, Britishness, and Muslims
Tariq Modood
openDemocracy, 27 January 2011

The Rousseff Presidency and Beyond: Interview with Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Rodrigo Camarena
The World Affairs Blog Network, 18 January 2011

Disappointing poverty trends: is the social investment state to blame?
Frank Vandenbroucke and Koen Vleminckx
Centre for Social Policy working paper, January 2011

The "More What, Less How" Government
Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer
Democracy- a journal of ideas, Issue #19, Winter 2011

Welcome to the New Socialism
Neal Lawson and John Harris
The New Statesman, 2 December 2010

An idea for India
Sunil Khilnani
Mint, 19 Nov 2010

Immigration under Labour
Edited by Tim Finch and David Goodhart
IPPR & Prospect, November 2010

Job Loss and Liberal Apathy: A new interpretation of the 2010 election results
Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin
The New Republic, November 5, 2010

Don’t Count on Global Governance
Dani Rodrik
Project Syndicate, Nov 2010

The 2010 Spending Review: Implications for the state and its reach
Andrew Gamble
British Academy Review, Volume 16, October 2010

The wars of austerity
Robert Skidelsky
Project Syndicate, 19 October 2010

Interview with David Marquand: Post-election progressive dilemmas
David Marquand
Renewal, Vol 18 No 3/4 2010

The crisis of social democracy: A sustainable philosophy for the left
Peter Kellner
Demos, September 2010

Attention: Deficit
Isabel Sawhill and Greg Anrig
Democracy- a journal of ideas, Issue 18, Fall 2010

Wanted: an old, new left
Gavin Kelly & Nick Pearce
Prospect, August 2010

How to save capitalism

Anatole Kaletsky
Prospect, July 2010

Where we stand and what we should do
Speech by Wouter Bos
Amsterdam , July 2010

Why did Labour Lose – and How Do We Win Again?
Liam Byrne
Progress pamphlet, May 2010

The left is still searching for a practical philosophy

John Kay
The Financial Times, May 2010

Ill fares the land: a treatise on our present discontents
Tony Judt
New York Review of Books, April 2010

The return of Keynes
Paul De Grauwe
International Finance, April 2010

How to modernise the British welfare state?
Julian Le Grand
La Vie des Idées, April 2010

Against despair
Michael Tomasky
Democracy- a journal of ideas, Issue 17, Summer 2010

DMV Liberalism
Joe Klein
Democracy, Spring 2010

Citizen ethics in times of crisis
Madeleine Bunting, Adam Lent and Mark Vernon (eds.)
Citizen Ethics Network, March 2010

The globalisation of social democracy
Speech by Pascal Lamy, director-general of the WTO
Progressive Governance Conference, Feb 2010

We mean power: ideas for the future of the left
James Purnell, Graeme Cooke (eds.)
Demos, February 2010

The Left Alternative
Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Verso Books, 2009

A society of empowered citizens:  Outline of a social democratic project for the twenty-first century
A modern social democratic project must counter the neo-liberal image of “homo economicus” with a genuinely progressive vision of an empowered citizen.
Ernst Hillebrand
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Dec 2009

The primacy of economics versus the primacy of politics: understanding the ideological dynamics of the twentieth century
Sheri Berman
Perspectives on Politics, Sept 2009

What future for social investment?
Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier and Joakim Palme (eds.)
The Institute for Future Studies, Oct 2009

If you can’t beat them join them. Explaining social democratic responses to the challenge of the populist radical right in Western Europe
Tim Bale et al
Political Studies, June 2009

Flight of the Swedish bumblebee
Katrine Kielos
Renewal, June 2009

Social evils and social good
AC Grayling
Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Sept 2008