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  • Crisis • Deflation Trap • Optimism
    Andrew Gamble - 17 April 2014
    A new era of prosperity of the international economy can be achieved, but only if some key structural obstacles are again removed.
  • Gender Equality • Work • Voting
    Moira Nelson - 16 April 2014
    Working women and other like-minded voters stand to reward governments that address tensions in balancing work and family needs.
  • Middle-class • Jobs • Wages
    Brian Bell & Stephen Machin - 15 April 2014
    It is increasingly difficult to enter a profession and be sure that a comfortable and secure middle-class lifestyle will automatically follow.
  • Technology • Progressivism • Jobs
    Alan Manning - 14 April 2014
    Some argue that progressive politics is doomed because the market and technology are leading us to a more unequal society. The opposite is the case.
  • UKIP • Labour • Election
    Robert Ford & Matthew Goodwin - 10 April 2014
    Where did the UKIP revolt come from? And what impact will they have on traditional centre-left constituencies?
  • Monetary Policy • Income • Distribution
    Thomas Aubrey - 09 April 2014
    Central banks’ drive to stabilise inflation has distorted the distribution of income. It is time for monetary policy to become central to the political debate once more.
  • Hungary • Election • Radical Right
    Erin Marie Saltman - 08 April 2014
    Despite accusations of gerrymandering Fidesz's victory was overwhelming, and Jobbik emerged as Europe's strongest far-right party.
  • Predistribution • Market • Inequality
    Deborah Boucoyannis - 08 April 2014
    Pre-distribution is about correcting market failures before they occur. In that sense, it can be seen as returning market theory back to its roots.
  • Vote • Youth • Membership
    Ben Bowman - 03 April 2014
    Politics is a two-way street. To re-connect young people with politics, policy makers must wake up to their burden of responsibility.
  • Extremism • Stigmatise • Legitimacy
    Vidhya Ramalingam - 02 April 2014
    A stigmatisation strategy is emblematic of mainstream unwillingness to engage with voices of dissent and sends the wrong signal.

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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