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  • Immigration • Social cohesion • Welfare
    Paul Collier - 05 December 2014
    The erosion of social cohesion caused by immigration can create challenges for the successful delivery of a left-wing programme
  • Community • Social Trends • Politics
    David Goodhart - 17 July 2014
    The growing gap between the secular liberal graduate baby boomer worldview and the ordinary citizen is the new cultural/class divide in Britain.
  • Community • Politics • Identity
    Sheri Berman - 16 July 2014
    Successful social democracy in Europe has always relied on a strong dose of communitarianism.
  • 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.

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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