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  • Devolution • Populism • Cities
    Alexandra Jones - 12 March 2014
    Devolution is no panacea for populism but it could bring decision-making closer to people’s lives and communities.
  • State • Social Democracy • Technology
    Neal Lawson - 11 March 2014
    In a flatter world the state and the party still matter – but more as capacity builders and platform providers.
  • 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.

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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