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Through its publications Policy Network seeks to have an impact on policy in Europe and internationally. We produce three types of publications: edited volumes which contain in-depth qualitative or quantitative research; online papers and essays; and articles published on the Policy Network website.
In search of public approval
Author: Renaud Thillaye
Date: 18 December 2014
This paper considers the seriousness of European economic and monetary union 'legitimacy problem'
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A New Labour Majority
Author: Patrick Diamond
Date: 22 November 2014
The aftermath of the Scottish referendum and the growing threat posed by UKIP shows that Labour can no longer rely on increasing its share of parliamentary seats in its so-called ‘northern and Celtic heartlands’. The party cannot construct an electoral majority appealing only to those hardest hit since the crisis. Labour’s challenge now is an existential one: it must demonstrate that British social democracy can achieve reforms in the name of a more equal and just society without higher public spending.
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The Popular Centre
Author: Hopi Sen
Date: 21 November 2014
In this paper, Hopi Sen warns against trying to ‘out-populist the populists’ – making promises to end austerity or reduce immigration to a trickle. This raises unrealistic expectations and feeds the very distrust of politicians and government in which populism thrives. Sen calls instead for a new popular centre – 'focused, concrete, limited social policy changes' and allocating 'blame for the failure of politics where it belongs: with politics and the state itself.
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