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  • 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.
  • Politics • Coalition-building • Welfare
    Bobby Duffy - 16 July 2014
    New survey data shows there is a large generational gap when it comes to feelings of financial insecurity and the welfare state.
  • Innovation • Infrastructure • Skills
    Tim Besley & John Van Reenen - 10 July 2014
    The right partnership between government and the dynamic and creative potential of private enterprise is needed to deliver on an inclusive growth agenda.
  • Political Economy • Business • Fairness
    Roger Liddle & Patrick Diamond - 02 July 2014
    Labour’s challenge is to position the active state and responsible ownership as essential prerequisites of business success in an age of intensive global competition.

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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