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  • EU • Democracy • Reform
    Daniel Innerarity and Renaud Thillaye - 13 February 2015
    True democracy must take into account the views of 'outsiders' and future generations
  • Europe • Growth • Economy
    Renaud Thillaye - 13 November 2014
    The left is not getting any credit for the return of a growth-friendly narrative in Europe.
  • Creative Economy • Growth • Social Justice
    Matthew Taylor - 09 September 2014
    We need industrial policies that strengthen the UK’s creative sector. This must be paired with recognising the links between cultural flourishing and social and economic progress.
  • Social Trends • Welfare • Insecurity
    Hopi Sen - 23 July 2014
    If the 'new insecure' are the new rising forces in our society, then progressives need to change the nature of the welfare state to be their allies.
  • Welfare • Public Attitudes • Reciprocity
    Duncan O'Leary - 23 July 2014
    Britain’s welfare system has become too dependent on altruism, it needs rebalancing with the reciprocity that the contributory principle was designed to provide.
  • Pre-distribution • Education • Human Capital
    Patrick Diamond - 24 February 2014
    Inequality and lower mobility are unlikely to be addressed without more effective intervention to boost the position of young people.
  • EMU • Solidarity • Integration
    Enrico Letta - 31 October 2013
    European solidarity cannot be construed as a moral obligation of some to help others.
  • EU • Democratic Deficit • Reform
    Olivier Rozenberg - 10 October 2013
    Parliamentary democracy is about discussions rather then decisions. Parliaments are essential because they question, scrutinize and criticize.
  • Individualism • Inequality • Reciprocity
    Peter Taylor-Gooby - 05 June 2013
    As society becomes increasingly individualistic, is it time for progressives develop an individualistic narrative of the Left?
  • EU • Imbalances • Social Europe
    Frank Vandenbroucke - 03 May 2013
    Excessive social imbalances in the EU are a matter of common concern and imply reciprocity in reform.

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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