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  • Economy • Democracy • Prosperity
    Thomas Aubrey - 22 July 2015
    It’s time for a new agenda focusing on democratising access to land, education and finance
  • State of the Left - Mexico
    Arturo Franco - 25 June 2015
    Once a beacon of hope, Mexico’s divided left now stands at a crossroads
  • Neoliberalism • Social Democracy
    Colin Crouch - 01 June 2015

    Protective welfare states are still needed to give people the confidence to take risks in this disruptive new age

  • Women • Growth • Economics
    Mari Kiviniemi - 09 April 2015
    Women’s equality is not just a matter of fairness. It is key to a nation’s economic performance and sound governance
  • 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.

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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