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  • 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.
  • Welfare • Investment • Optimism
    Andrew Harrop - 11 February 2013
    The squeeze on social welfare is a consequence of the government decisions not inevitable decline. The Left’s response should be one of pragmatic optimism not despair.
  • Welfare • Public Opinion • Contribution
    David Goodhart & Duncan O’Leary - 06 February 2013
    The British public hold high notions of welfare benefits in return for contributions. This gives the Left answers and headaches in equal measure.
  • Feature Essay: Pre-distribution
    Martin O’Neill and Thad Williamson - 28 September 2012
    Pre-distribution cannot be innocuous or uncontroversial.

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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