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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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Laying the Foundations for a Labour Century
Author: Liz Kendall & John Woodcock (eds)
Date:21 September 2014
This collection of essays by a new generation of Labour MPs brings together ideas on how the centre-left can maintain its electoral appeal and remain an effective force for progress amidst the major economic and political challenges of our times.
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Owning the Future
Author: Chuka Umunna (eds)
Date:17 August 2014
There are huge opportunities for Britain in a world where the global middle class is expected to treble to five billion people in the next two decades. This book brings together leading experts, business leaders, entrepreneurs and politicians with ideas for how Britain can thrive in this context, building an inclusive and broad-based economy.
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 Why Institutions Matter in the Eurozone
Author: Renaud Thillaye, Ludek Kouba & Andreas Sachs
Date:17 July 2014
This paper assesses the desirability and feasibility of two possible governance innovations among those currently under discussion in the Eurozone: a mechanism of wage coordination, and contractual arrangements (or ‘reform contracts’) between the EU and member states.  Beyond economic and political arguments, the paper invites commentators and policymakers to shift their focus of attention from conception to implementation.
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Mending the Fractured Economy
Author: Adonis Growth Review
Date:01 July 2014
The final report of the Adonis Review, Mending the Fractured Economy: Starter State, Better Jobs, sets out reforms to boost innovation, tackle skills shortages and address youth unemployment, support growth companies, and empower city and county regions.
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Making Progressive Politics Work
Author: Policy Network (eds)
Date:22 April 2014
As the slow return to growth begins to gather pace in western democracies, the danger is that insufficient attention has been given to structural economic weaknesses and long-term stresses on representational politics and governance. This ranges from technological change and disruptive economic forces to growing insecurity and inequality, fragile tax systems, skills and education mismatches, polarised labour markets, uncertainty over middle income jobs, and vulnerable social security settlements.
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British Political Parties in Europe
Author: Renaud Thillaye
Date:02 April 2014
This new Policy Network paper investigates how successful political parties have been at using the power of European politics. By analysing the voting patterns of British MEPs during the last European Parliament’s mandate (2009-2014), it highlights how often Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP participated in winning coalitions and have influenced policymaking in 15 of the European Parliament's most important decisions.

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The Unhappy State of the Union
Author: Loukas Tsoukalis
Date:21 March 2014
In this Policy Network pamphlet, Loukas Tsoukalis presents the case for a new grand bargain to rescue the European project. Written by an author who uniquely bridges the gap between academic analysis, policy and politics, the publication presents a critical overview of where the EU stands on the eve of its crucial parliamentary elections, how it got there and what is to be done to turn around the unhappy and precarious state of the Union.
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Education, Pre-distribution and Social Justice
Author: Policy Network (eds)
Date:06 March 2014
In today’s global economy, education and skills are the driving forces behind progress. However, according to the OECD 80 million people in the developed economies do not possess the most basic skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace.
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