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Progressive Governance Conference

  • Date(s)
    24 April 2014, 25 April 2014
  • Location
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
Progressive Governance Conference

On 24-25 April Dutch Labour party (PvdA) leader Diederik Samsom and Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands Lodewijk Asscher hosted a Progressive Governance Conference.

This major gathering jointly organised by Policy Network, Center for American Progress (CAP) and Wiardi Beckman Stichting brought together leading politicians, thinkers, policymakers, academics, and campaigners from across Europe and North America for a major two day programme of policy exchange and debate on the theme of ‘Making Progressive Politics Work’.

In the six years since the 2008 global financial crisis, progressive politics has been fighting to find a new identity. After an initial run of electoral defeats, a new generation of social democratic leaders are coming to power and are being forced to define for themselves a principled, but tough minded and realistic approach to government in difficult times. 

The conference focused on 5 areas of governance that need sustained attention, critical thinking and new ideas:

1.    Future wealth creation;
2.    Job and skills of the future;
3.    Welfare state/social security spending;
4.    Democracy and representational politics;
5.    The future of the European Union. 

View the conference agenda here.


Videos of the conference can be viewed here.

The conference was informed by a collection of over 40 expert briefings by leading academics and political thinkers from across the US and Europe. The publication entitled "Making Progressive Politics Work" is available for download here

The publication is led by a Policy Network introduction on "How social democracy can triumph in the 5-75-20 society." It argues that social democrats have to build operational policies that focus on the 'new insecure'   the middle 75 per cent –  and move on to more radical territory than compensatory redistribution. Getting overly obsessed by 'communitarian' vs 'cosmopolitan' politics is unlikely to result in much electoral traction.

Contributors: Philippe Aghion (Harvard), Will Hutton (Oxford), Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics), Jacob Hacker (Yale), Andrew Gamble (Cambridge), Monika Sie (WBS), Gavin Kelly (Resolution Foundation), Eric Beinhocker & Nick Hanauer (INET), Vicky Pryce (Economist), Robert D. Atkinson (ITFI), Tim Besley & John Van Reenen (LSE), Michael Mandel (PPI), Peter van Lieshout & Robert Went (WRR), Thomas Aubrey (Policy Network), Saskia Sassen (Columbia), Benjamin Barber (CUNY), Bo Rothstein (Gothenburg), René Cuperus (WBS), Anne Wren (TCD), Brian Bell (Oxford), Stephen Machin (UCL), Carl Benedikt Frey & Michael Osborne (Oxford), Alan Manning (LSE), Maarten Goos (Leuven), Lane Kenworthy (Arizona), Julie Madigan (Manufacturing Institute), Frans Bieckmann (The Broker), Paul de Beer (Amsterdam), Bruno Palier (Sciences Po), Silja Häusermann (Zurich), Moira Nelson (Lund), Dalia Ben-Galim (IPPR), Alan Brown (Warwick), Edoardo Campanella (Harvard), Anton Hemerijck (VU Amsterdam), Ian Mulheirn (Oxford Economics), Steve Fuller (Warwick), Andreas Schleicher (OECD), Tom Kenyon (Nesta), Averil Macdonald (Reading), Christal Morehouse (Bertelsmann Stiftung).

Follow the conference at @policynetwork  #PGCAmsterdam

Event inquiries: Katherine Roberts (kroberts@policy-network.net, 02073402200)
Media inquiries: Seamus Nevin (snevin@policy-network.net, 020 73402200)


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