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Delivering a credible progressive economy

  • Date(s)
    02 December 2010 to 03 December 2010
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Delivering a credible progressive economy

Why does the centre-left struggle for economic competence?

Policy Network, in partnership with Fundación IDEAS and the Wiardi Beckman Stichting, is organising a high-level seminar in Madrid on 2-3 December 2010.

The main purpose of this event is to consider why the European centre-left has historically struggled to wrestle the pivotal political mantle of economic competence from conservative, centre-right parties, and debate how, in the wake of a global financial crisis, social democrats can deliver a credible progressive model of political economy, both domestically and internationally.

To date, political economy has been predominantly discussed from a national perspective – in some countries, parties have questioned the validity of their domestic “tax and spend” models, while in others they are coming to terms with middle class anger at their capacity to generate growth. But there are common themes and concerns binding the progressive movement together. Our event is designed to bring a truly European dimension to these debates. It will address head on the perception of social democrats as effective distributors of prosperity, but poor generators of growth and ask how progressives can regain legitimacy as economic actors. How do we deliver a balanced and dynamic economy? How to become credible advocates of a more growth oriented macro-economic framework? What role for innovation and risk?  How do we reassure business and citizens at the same time?

This event is part of a new and ambitious programme of work Policy Network and the Wiardi Beckman Stichting have initiated on the future of social democracy, called The Amsterdam Process.

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