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  • State of the Left • Spain
    Luis Fernando Medina Sierra - 09 March 2016

    Spain’s agonising wait for a new government presents an opportunity for the left to reflect on deeper tensions

  • Digital Economy • Capitalism • Labour
    Florian Ranft - 14 December 2015
    A vision for the digital economy that mitigates social downsides and manages inequality may restore the centre left's economic credibility
  • Finance • Growth • Europe
    Carlotta De Franceschi - 26 November 2015
    How can progressive parties develop a common reform agenda that attracts finances for a sustainable recovery?
  • The Predistribution Agenda
    Peter A Hall - 17 November 2015
    What are the challenges facing the welfare state, and how can predistribution help overcome these?
  • Social investment • Nordic model
    Lisbeth Pedersen - 01 June 2015
    Regular welfare reform and sustaining a broad political consensus underlie its continuing strength but new structural challenges remain
  • Uber Economy • Innovation • Economy
    Arun Sundararajan - 30 October 2014
    Governments and the market need to share responsibility for a new social safety net.
  • State of the Left – Denmark
    Kristian Weise - 27 May 2014
    Most populist People’s Party voters should be Social Democrats but the centre-left hasn’t provided answers to their fears.
  • Letter from Latin America - Election Special
    Robert Funk & Francisco Javier Díaz - 01 February 2014
    The key issue is how to best address the needs of citizens whilst maintaining or strengthening democratic institutions.
  • Australia • Election • Labor
    David Hetherington - 13 September 2013
    Despite a commendable record, the Labor government’s tendency to destroy itself proved to be a gift to a weak Conservative opposition.
  • Democracy • Accountability • Trust
    Philip Coggan - 05 September 2013
    Growing inequalities of power, more technocrats, and more unaccountable elites are combining to put western systems of democracy under stress.

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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