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  • 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.
  • Growth • Wages • Work
    Gavin Kelly - 19 June 2014
    The relationship between wages and growth goes to the heart of economic performance as well as democratic legitimacy.
  • Free Market • Progressivism • Redistribution
    Monika Sie - 18 June 2014
    Relying primarily on taxation and welfare benefits to achieve progressive goals is becoming increasingly problematic.
  • Women • Vote • Social Democracy
    Michael McTernan - 12 June 2014
    The left drift of female voters is no guaranteed win for social democracy. But if policy is targeted effectively, benefits are likely to follow.
  • State of the Left – Latvia
    Daunis Auers - 29 May 2014
    In an election shaped by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Latvian voters flocked to support their pro-EU government, but the election result was more one of realpolitik than Europhilia in one of the EU’s newest member states.

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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