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Exploring the cultural challenges to social democracy

  • Date(s)
    29 March 2011
  • Time
    08.30 to 10:00 (light breakfast provided)
  • Location
    11 Tufton Street, London
Exploring the cultural challenges to social democracy

Anti-migration populism, identity and community in an age of insecurity

Policy Network is holding an interactive breakfast meeting on 29 March 2011 to mark the launch of its publication ‘Exploring the cultural challenges to social democracy’.

Tim Bale, professor of politics at the University of Sussex

Shamit Saggar, professor of political science at the University of Sussex and author of Pariah Politics: Understanding Western Radical Islamism and What Should be Done

Michael Kenny, professor of politics at the University of Sheffield

Response: John Denham, UK shadow secretary of state for business and Labour MP for Southampton Itchen

Chair: Roger Liddle, chair of Policy Network and Labour member of the House of Lords

This substantial new Amsterdam Process publication comes at an important juncture in British politics, with David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s recent speeches on multiculturalism and the publication of a Seachlight poll warning that 48% of the population would consider supporting a new anti-immigration party. How should the Labour party, and the centre-left more generally, respond?

The publication brings together eminent UK and European thinkers to confront the choices and dilemmas facing Europe’s centre-left parties as they grapple with these popular concerns over culture, identity and globalisation. Contributors include Trevor Phillips, UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Goodhart, Prospect Magazine, Philippe Legrain, author and commentator, Maurice Glasman, London Metropolitan University and Rupa Huq, Kingston University.

The meeting will take the form of an interactive debate with a number of the publication’s contributors, together with a small group of politicians, policymakers and experts, on how the UK Labour party can address societal unease and the potential of rising anti-immigrant, anti-elite and anti-Islamic populist sentiment.

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