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Progressive Governance Conference 2009 - Responses to the global crisis: charting a progressive path

  • Date(s)
    27 March 2009
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Progressive Governance Conference 2009 - Responses to the global crisis: charting a progressive path
Bringing together seven Latin American and European heads of state, as well as the US vice president, the Progressive Governance Conference and Summit took place in Chile on 27-28 March. Organised by Policy Network, acting as the secretariat of the Progressive Governance Network, in partnership with the Instituto Iguladad and the Government of Chile the conference was hosted by her excellency, President Michelle Bachelet.

Preceding a government summit of heads of state and government from around the world it brought together over 200 senior policymakers, government advisers, and experts, including Gordon Brown, Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva, Joseph Biden, Michelle Bachelet, and José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to debate the future of progressive politics in the light of current political and economic developments.

The meeting builds on the 2008 Progressive Governance Conference and Summit, which convened over 15 world leaders, and the heads of major international institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, UNDP, and the WTO, to debate the theme of “an inclusive globalisation: promoting prosperity for all”.

Conference agenda
The main plenaries of the conference featured sessions on progressive politics after the financial crisis; towards a responsible and sustainable globalisation; and responses to the global crisis: charting a progressive path.

Break-out sessions were held on climate change in the global recession; social protection and labour markets in the global age; the role of the state in economic development; and science and innovation for sustainable growth.

Handbook of ideas
As part of the intellectual preparation for the conference and summit, Policy Network commissioned a collection of 700 word policy proposals from the world’s leading international academics and experts. The aim of this “handbook of ideas” is to advance debate by bringing together short policy recommendations and proposals by leading international thinkers on how progressives should approach the major economic and political challenges thrown up by the global crisis. It is also featured and available for debate on a new interactive commentariat website.

Olaf Cramme & Elena Jurado: Progressive politics after the financial crisis

Financial market governance
Will Hutton, A grand bargain for global capital
John Kay, Taming the financial casino
Refet Gürkaynak, Rehabilitating financial markets
Oscar Landerretche, Three progressive ideas for the recession
Howard Davies, Striking the right balance
Ngaire Woods, Saving globalisation…. again?
Katharina Pistor, Financial governance networks
Ricardo Lagos Escobar, Transformation through the crisis
David Held & Kevin Young, The equivalence principle
Barry Eichengreen, Five ideas for strengthening the IMF

Building a more equitable and sustainable international order
Simon J. Evenett, Hammering economic protectionism
Ricardo Lagos Weber, Telling the truth about trade
Gary Hufbauer, Slowing the protectionist juggernaut
José Antonio Ocampo, A new world development architecture
Martha C. Nussbaum, Creating capabilities for development
Ricardo Núñez Muñoz, Towards a progressive global order
Glauco Arbix, Developing countries in the face of the storm
Bernardo Kosacoff, Laying the foundations for future progress
Barbara Harriss-White, Linking ecological and economic security
John Podesta, The green opportunity
Anthony Giddens, Bridging the gaps in climate change policy
Andrés Rivera, An equitable climate change framework
Miranda A. Schreurs, Clean change in a crisis

A modern role for the state in the new economic and social paradigm
Marco Aurélio Garcia, The state in a shifting economic paradigm
Gunnar Folke Schuppert, The new interventionist state
Robert B. Reich, Restructure now
James K. Galbraith, A people first strategy
Roger Liddle, Recalibrating industrial policy
Aldo Ferrer, In defence of public policies
Robert Atkinson, Innovating out of the crisis
Marcio Pochmann, A transformative strategy for the state
Jeremy Rifkin, The third industrial revolution
Maurizio Ferrera, The progressive welfare mix
Dean Baker, Reforming welfare around workers
Clarisa Hardy, The future of social protection
Anton Hemerijck, In search of a new welfare state
Will Marshall, A social contract for the global age
Bernardo Kliksberg, Protecting the vulnerable in the world’s most unequal region

Press coverage and video interviews
A wide range of archive material from the conference is now available including; the Summit Communique; video interviews with Robert Reich, James Purnell, Mona Sahlin, Frans Timmermans and many more; the press coverage of the conference including articles in Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Economist, The Guardian, and El Pais; and also a selecion of photos and blogs covering the proceedings.

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