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  • Populism • Individualism • Institutions
    Matthew Taylor - 11 March 2014
    The establishment spends much more energy fighting for control of a sinking ship than imagining the design of new political vessels.
  • Populism • Politics • Inequality
    David Marquand - 10 March 2014
    Mainstream politicians tempted to trim their sails to a populist wind should take caution – populist appetites grow with feeding.
  • EU • Election • Future
    Olaf Cramme - 07 March 2014
    May’s European elections and the change of Commission might grab the headlines in 2014, but the course for the EU’s future will be set elsewhere.
  • Education • Rankings • Investment
    Ellen Hazelkorn - 03 March 2014
    New funding models have widened the privilege gap, not just between students but also the cities and regions in which they reside.
  • EU • Identity • Euroscepticism
    Sophie Duchesne - 28 February 2014
    Its time to acknowledge the EU’s challenge is to win the capacity to control the economy and to provide people with a decent standard of living.
  • UKIP • Reform • Mainstream
    Karine Tournier-Sol - 27 February 2014
    UKIP's recent surge is a challenge for all mainstream parties, but it is also a challenge for the party itself.
  • Skills • Education • Well-being
    Andreas Schleicher - 24 February 2014
    Investing in high-quality education is the key for improving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
  • Pre-distribution • Education • Human Capital
    Patrick Diamond - 24 February 2014
    Inequality and lower mobility are unlikely to be addressed without more effective intervention to boost the position of young people.
  • UK • Economy • Rebalancing
    Craig Berry - 20 February 2014
    Investment and consumption performance demonstrates the frailty of the UK economy. The economic recovery is not yet secure.
  • Populists • Professionalisation • Accountability
    Tim Bale - 20 February 2014
    Nigel Farage, like others of his ilk all around continental Europe, should be seen not just as force to be reckoned with, an opponent to defeat, but as a canary in a coal mine.

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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