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  • Populism • Engagement • Legitimacy
    Carolina Johnson - 24 July 2014
    More participatory or deliberative local publics can help strengthen the legitimacy of democratic institutions.
  • Pre-distribution • Service Economy • Welfare
    Andrés Ortega - 24 July 2014
    The welfare state needs to better enable people to cope with ongoing transition in the service-based, knowledge-intensive economy.
  • Insecurity • Prosperity • Pre-distribution
    Håkan Bengtsson - 24 July 2014
    We need a pre-distributive strategy that rebalances the power relationship between workers and employers.
  • Democracy • Trust • Institutions
    Martin J Smith and Dave Richards - 23 July 2014
    In a digital age, the closed world of traditional, top down, elite models of democracy and accountability is no longer viable.
  • Social Trends • Welfare • Insecurity
    Hopi Sen - 23 July 2014
    If the 'new insecure' are the new rising forces in our society, then progressives need to change the nature of the welfare state to be their allies.
  • Welfare • Public Attitudes • Reciprocity
    Duncan O'Leary - 23 July 2014
    Britain’s welfare system has become too dependent on altruism, it needs rebalancing with the reciprocity that the contributory principle was designed to provide.
  • Welfare • Prioritisation • State
    Vidhya Alakeson - 21 July 2014
    Being the party of welfare presents an electoral problem for Labour. Welfare is unpopular.
  • Growth • Jobs • Competitiveness
    Will Marshall - 17 July 2014
    It’s economic growth and innovation that allow high living standards and generous welfare states to be a reality.
  • Community • Social Trends • Politics
    David Goodhart - 17 July 2014
    The growing gap between the secular liberal graduate baby boomer worldview and the ordinary citizen is the new cultural/class divide in Britain.
  • Community • Politics • Identity
    Sheri Berman - 16 July 2014
    Successful social democracy in Europe has always relied on a strong dose of communitarianism.

The Policy Network Observatory promotes critical debate and reflection on progressive politics. It is centre-left orientated but determinedly challenges social democracy. It is pro-European but restlessly questions EU institutions and practices.

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