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Jobs, industry and opportunity: growth strategies after the crisis

  • Date(s)
    19 February 2010
  • Time
    09:00 - 16:00
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Jobs, industry and opportunity: growth strategies after the crisis

Progressive Governance Conference

The financial crisis has urged us to rethink our approach to economic policy. Having averted a 1930s style depression, the focus of progressive politicians around the world is now shifting towards delivering a new politics of sustainable economic growth and job creation, one that is forward thinking and transformative and acknowledges the role of strategic public investment in our shared prosperity. At this critical juncture:

• What can governments do domestically to promote long-term sustainable economic growth?

• Which industries have growth potential and how can governments support their development?

• Given the priority of tackling unemployment and fostering more and better jobs, what kinds of policies and institutional structures can deliver the best outcomes?

• How can economic growth and job creation be encouraged in the context of the transition to a low-carbon economy?

• What is the future for international cooperation and global governance after Copenhagen and the G20 Summits?

Bringing together prominent European heads of government, political leaders and senior policy experts from across the world, this major progressive governance gathering aimed to shape this new politics and set the direction for a new socio-economic settlement for our times.

Speakers included, amoung others:Gordon Brown, prime minister of the UK; Jens Stoltenberg, prime minister of Norway; José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, prime minister of Spain; George Papandreou, prime minister of Greece; Peter Mandelson, the UK first secretary of state; Pascal Lamy, director-general of the WTO; Karen Kornbluh, US ambassador to the OECD; Mona Sahlin, the leader of the Swedish Social Democrats; David Miliband, UK foreign secretary; Enrico Letta, deputy secretary of the Italian Democratic Party; Joaquín Almunia, EU commissioner for competition; Jean Pisani-Ferry, director of Bruegel; and John Kay, visiting professor at the LSE and Financial Times columnist.

In the run-up to the event Policy Network published a pamphlet containing a range of articles on political economy by some of the world's foremost economic and political thinkers. In order to inform debate on on the day, the contributions offer challenging intellectual and political arguments, as well as innovative policy ideas, on growth strategies after the crisis.


Olaf Cramme: Editorial

Kemal Derviş: Progressive internationalism and the great crisis
Anton Hemerijck: Crisis aftershock alert
Allan Larsson: Stress-testing Europe’s social systems
Andrew Gamble: Markets and the public interest
David Coates: The Anglo-Saxon cul-de-sac
Jeffry A. Frieden: Rehabilitating macroeconomic sanity
Patrick Diamond & Roger Liddle: The role of government in the post-crisis age
Will Marshall: Champion individual enterprise and middle class aspiration
James K. Galbraith: A jobs programme? Keynes again
John Quiggin: Government as the ultimate risk manager
Reinhilde Veugelers: The essence of recovery: investing in innovation
Dean Baker: Sharing the workload
Jean-François Rischard: It’s high time for Global Issue Networks
Elena Jurado & Krystian Seibert: Conceptualising a new politics of growth

The discussions formed part of a series of Progressive Governance Conferences organised by Policy Network. The most recent such conference and summit was held in Chile in March 2009.


           Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson during the opening speech by Policy Network chair, Roger Liddle    George Papandreou, prime minister of Greece

           Pascal Lamy, director-general of the WTO    David Miliband, Mona Sahlin and Enrico Letta

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