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  • Growth • Innovation • Progress
    Michael Mandel - 18 June 2014
    Putting the cart of redistribution before the horse of economic growth turns politics into a zero-sum fight over a shrinking pie.
  • Marginalisation • Exclusion • Employment
    Robin Simmons - 17 June 2014
    Policymakers need to look past the false dichotomy of inclusion and exclusion if we are to understand the nature of the labour market in post-industrial economies.
  • Employment • Skills • Mismatch
    Geraint Johnes - 17 June 2014
    For the market to maintain the flexibility that is needed, government, business and the education sector need to do more to match workers to jobs as efficient as possible. 
  • UKIP • Conservatives • Voters
    Paul Webb & Tim Bale - 16 June 2014
    Even if those who defect do so initially only to register a protest vote, the emergence of ‘cultural’ as opposed to ‘class’ voting means that many may never return to the mainstream.
  • Women • Vote • Social Democracy
    Michael McTernan - 12 June 2014
    The left drift of female voters is no guaranteed win for social democracy. But if policy is targeted effectively, benefits are likely to follow.
  • Economy • Jobs • Social Policy
    Silja Häusermann - 12 June 2014
    Deindustrialisation, tertiarisation and labour market deregulation have led to a massive increase of atypical employment and unemployment in Western Europe.
  • Motherhood • Employment • Equality
    Dalia Ben-Galim - 12 June 2014
    Despite women’s increased employment rates, rising levels of educational attainment, and high rates of breadwinning, gender inequality is still pervasive.
  • Gender Equality • Work • Voting
    Moira Nelson - 12 June 2014
    Working women and other like-minded voters stand to reward governments that address tensions in balancing work and family needs.
  • EU • Conference • Leadership
    Renaud Thillaye - 11 June 2014
    ‘We are not short of ideas – what is missing is the political will’. These words, by European Commission vice-president Joaquín Almunia, captured perfectly the mood at Policy Network's conference on the aftermath of the European elections.
  • EU • Election • Debate
    Anthony Giddens - 10 June 2014
    As the battle to reshape the Union unfolds, let’s take on the arguments of the populists in a direct way.

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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