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Left with-out a future? Social justice in anxious times

  • Date(s)
    9 July 2013
  • Time
    18:00 - 19:30
  • Location
Left with-out a future? Social justice in anxious times

Policy Network will host a public debate on the future of the British Left and Labour’s political offer in the 2015 election. The occasion will also mark the launch of Anthony Painter’s forthcoming Policy Network/I.B Tauris book, Left with-out a Future? Social Justice in Anxious Times.

Left without a future? poses a simple question: despite the failure of neo-liberalism, why has the left failed to provide an alternative that resonates? In a context of enormous social and economic change, the centre-left has not found a convincing new governing statecraft. Now it must seek to create a practical new vision in anxious rather than prosperous times.
Anthony Painter argues that the crash marked an end of an era for the left as well as the neo-liberal right. It has yet to adapt to this moment in a convincing way: either resting on old orthodoxies or pursuing new approaches such as Blue Labour that don’t answer the needs of the time. The centre-left should instead look at cultivating a new suite of practical institutions to take on concentrations of power in the market, state and society – creating greater social justice in the process. Left without a future? is a manifesto for institutional change in finance, business, labour markets, welfare, public services, education, political parties, democracy, and much else besides.
As Ed Miliband’s Labour and social democrats across Europe seek to find a renewed legitimacy for their cause, Left without a future? is a major contribution to debates that are taking place on the centre-left – and across politics.

Anthony Painter
, writer and commentator, author of Left without a future?

Jenni Russell
, columnist, The Guardian

Phil Collins
, columnist and leader writer, The Times
Owen Jones, commentator and author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
Alison McGovern, Labour member of Parliament and shadow whip
Stewart Wood, Labour peer, shadow minister without portfolio and adviser to Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

The event will take place on Tuesday 9th July 2013, from 18:00 - 19:30 at Policy Network, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB.

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