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  • State of the Left - Mexico
    Arturo Franco - 20 March 2015
    Mexico's left-leaning political parties have not lived up to the challenge facing them
  • State of the Left - Austria
    Philip Rathgeb - 20 March 2015
    Thanks to resistance from their centre-right grand coalition partner, the Austrian social democrats' plan to tax the rich has backfired
  • Childcare • Equality • Workforce
    Emma Kinloch - 27 November 2014
    Policy on childcare continues to promote a conservative view of women’s roles in the home and labour market. It is time for a new approach
  • Social mobility • Women • Preschooling
    Alison Wolf - 27 November 2014
    It is time to question whether preschool education is actually beneficial both to social mobility and helping women remain in the workforce
  • Pre-distribution • Inequality • Reform
    Alexandre Afonso and Jelle Visser - 20 October 2014
    The Netherlands and Switzerland have successfully combined high employment and low levels of inequality without high taxes.
  • Welfare State • Redistribution • Policy
    Jane Gingrich - 09 October 2014
    Voters in highly visible welfare states vote in ways consistent with their preferences on redistribution and state spending.
  • State of the Left - Sweden
    Katrine Kielos - 18 September 2014
    Despite returning a new Social Democratic prime minister, there has been a general feeling of something being lost in Sweden.
  • Productivity • Growth • Employee Ownership
    Charlie Mayfield - 12 September 2014
    Building an economy that offers a future for all requires a different approach to business, education, and ownership structures.
  • Labour Market • Skills • Investment
    Edoardo Campanella - 14 August 2014
    Generational renewal and technological progress will in time shift pain away from Europe's young people.
  • Growth • Jobs • Competitiveness
    Will Marshall - 17 July 2014
    It’s economic growth and innovation that allow high living standards and generous welfare states to be a reality.

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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