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  • Society • Populism • Inequality
    Ernst Hillebrand - 13 March 2014
    The growth of populism can be understood as a political "signal" to mainstream politics, not as a full-scale "shift to the right" in voter behaviour.
  • EU • UK • Sovereignty Plus
    Roger Liddle - 10 December 2013
    European cooperation offers Europe’s nation states the potential for ‘sovereignty plus’ – the ability to achieve more together.
  • Economy • Campaign • Living Standards
    James Morris - 13 November 2013
    Elections framed in terms of austerity vs anti-austerity favours the right. Election framed as austerity vs living standards favours the left.
  • Generational Divide • Trust • Belonging
    Michael Skey - 04 September 2013
    Traditional electoral coalitions are threatened by divisions between younger, more liberal voters and older voters who lament change.
  • Front National • Far-Right • Normalisation
    Nonna Mayer - 26 March 2013
    What lies behind the apparent normalization of France’s once outcast far-right?
  • Populism • Extremism • Mainstream
    Anders Ravik Jupskås - 04 February 2013
    Social democrats should acknowledge the drivers of populism with-out buying into the identity threat perspective.
  • Populism • Multiculturalism • Euroscepticism
    Marley Morris - 03 October 2012
    ‘Reluctant radicals’ who offer uncommitted and indecisive support to populist parties are key to understanding the success of the far-right in European elections.
  • Multiculturalism • Nationalism • Identity
    Rob Ford - 19 September 2012
    Young Britons are more diverse, liberal and outward looking: it is time for Labour to embrace these values.
  • Immigration • Economy • Culture
    Catherine Fieschi - 03 July 2012
    Separating economic and cultural concerns about immigration will suppress the left’s chances of addressing citizens’ anxieties.
  • Far-right • Europe • Identity
    Rob Ford - 27 June 2012
    The odds of an organised, populist Euroscepticism emerging as a serious political force in Britain have never been shorter.

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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