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  • Italy • Democratic Party • Coalitions
    Umberto Marengo - 23 May 2013
    The lessons from Italy are that rigid and ageing parties need to build new coalitions and start to speak and interact directly with citizens and members in real time.
  • Growth • Well-being • Equality
    Anke Hassel - 19 April 2013
    The fixation of policymakers with GDP should be overcome by highlighting aspects that make citizens lives happier and more sustainable.
  • France • Voters • Engagement
    Guillaume Liegey, Arthur Muller & Vincent Pons - 27 March 2013
    The political party of the future must embrace the wealth of knowledge created by modern science.
  • Front National • Far-Right • Normalisation
    Nonna Mayer - 26 March 2013
    What lies behind the apparent normalization of France’s once outcast far-right?
  • France • Reform • Economy
    Renaud Thillaye - 13 February 2013
    The same-sex marriage debate and the war in Mali have given Francois Hollande much needed collateral for his moves to reform the French economy.
  • France • Youth • Social Democracy
    Anne Muxel - 19 December 2012
    The weakening of support for the left among young people is part of a long-term generational shift in political identification.
  • France • Sarkostalgia • Moral Politics
    Renaud Thillaye - 30 October 2012
    What was applauded as morally right during the campaign is now seen as economically hazardous.
  • Intergenerational Pact • Inequality • Social Democracy •
    Michael McTernan - 25 October 2012
    Demographic change could shatter the intergenerational voting coalition if not tackled.
  • SOTL • France • Hollande
    Jocelyn Evans & Gilles Ivaldi - 11 September 2012
    The French electorate demands more than ‘A Normal President’ in the face of anaemic economic growth and high unemployment.
  • France • Parti Socialiste • 100 Days
    Renaud Thillaye - 15 August 2012
    François Hollande’s election has not proved the financial disaster predicted. But harsh reality is challenging his hopeful vision.

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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