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The quest for growth: ideas for a new political economy and a more responsible capitalism

  • Date(s)
    6 September 2012
  • Time
    08:00 – 17:00
  • Location
    City of London
The quest for growth: ideas for a new political economy and a more responsible capitalism
Policy Network hosted an all day conference debating how Britain can develop policies that could support growth both in the short and long term against the background of a difficult economic and financial situation.

To this end, senior practitioners and experts from Britain and other parts of Europe will  debated around four different themes:

  • From debt crisis to growth: the return of macroeconomics?
  • Industrial policy: a new role for the state in economic policy?
  • Research, science & innovation: how to foster greater entrepreneurialism?
  • Labour market, skills and inequality: how do we build an economy that works for working people?
A series of memos prepared by conference speakers on growth strategies and the political dilemmas they present can be accessed here.

Speakers include:

Ed Miliband
, leader of the Labour Party
Ed Balls
, shadow chancellor of the exchequer and Labour MP
Larry Summers
, economist and former US Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton
Karl Aiginger
, director, WIFO Institute of Economic Research, Austria
Marion Dewar, member of the cabinet of Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science
Richard Lambert
, former director general, Confederation of British Industry
Helen Thompson, reader, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Andrew Adonis, Labour adviser on industrial policy and former transport secretary and minister for schools and member, House of Lords
Liam Byrne
, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, Labour Party
Mariana Mazzucato
, professor, science and technology, University of Sussex School of Business, Management and Economics
Geoff Mulgan, CEO, National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts
Jonathan Portes
, director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Roger Liddle, member, House of Lords and chairman, Policy Network
Paolo Reboani, chairman and chief executive officer, Italia Lavoro SpA and former economic and international adviser, Ministry of Employment and Social Policies, Italy
Rachel Reeves, shadow chief secretary and Labour MP
Xavier Rolet, chief executive officer, London Stock Exchange
David Sainsbury, former minister for science and innovation and member of the UK House of Lords
Nita Clarke
, director, IPA Involve
Miguel Sebastian Gascon
, former industry, tourism and trade minister, Spain
Paul Everitt,
chief executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary and Labour MP
Reinhilde Veugelers, senior research fellow, Bruegel thinktank, Brussels, professor, KULeuven and research fellow, CEPR
Paul Gregg, professor, economic and social policy, University of Bath
Roy Anderson, professor, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, former chief scientist, MoD
Nick Pearce, director, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Marcus Stuttard, head of AIM, London Stock Exchange Group


Click here to see Patrick Diamond's previews of this conference on the BBC's Westminster Hour and in the Financial Times.

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