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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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Contracts not Hand-Outs
Author: Andrew Adonis
Date:27 January 2014
Andrew Adonis has today published a Policy Network paper calling for government to radically improve its own commercial relationship with small businesses.
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The Politics of Growth, Stability and Reform
Author: Policy Network & Global Progress
Date:09 April 2013
This publication of "Memos to the Left" focuses on 3 pillars of progressive governance that need sustained attention, critical thinking and new ideas: the politics of growth, production and reform; lifting living standards and providing good jobs in an era of increasing global competition; equipping young people for the new economy and tackling youth unemployment.
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Gearing EU Governance towards Future Growth
Author: Renaud Thillaye
Date:14 March 2013
The side-lining of Europe 2020 and its worrying consequences. The Europe 2020 Strategy should not be considered as a ‘good-weather strategy’ only.  The EU has to find a sense of purpose again.
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The Risk-Reward Nexus
Author: William Lazonick & Mariana Mazzucato
Date:26 November 2012
This paper offers a new perspective on why 'smart' innovation-led growth has not led to 'inclusive growth'. It argues that there is a disproportionate balance between the 'collective' distribution of risk taking in the innovation process (e.g. 'open innovation'), and the increasingly narrow distribution of the rewards.
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A Progressive Economic Strategy
Author: Wendy Carlin
Date:11 October 2012
A way of looking at the challenges for a progressive economic strategy is to see the complementarity among policies that: boost innovation; reduce inequality in assets and in market income; and foster the growth of good jobs in the labour-absorbing service sector.
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Rebalancing What?
Author: Mariana Mazzucato
Date:24 June 2012
Much of the current discussion about ‘rebalancing’ revolves around the need to reduce the size of the financial sector in favour of industrial policies that would help revive manufacturing. However, rebalancing also requires changing the dysfunctional influence that finance has had on indicators of economic performance in all sectors, including manufacturing.
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The New Wave of Mutuality
Author: Robin Murray
Date:15 June 2012
In this new Policy Network paper Robin Murray shows how co-operative societies can help overcome the environmental, social, and economic problems that neither the private market nor the state have been able to find adequately answers.
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Making Things
Author: Pat McFadden
Date:20 May 2012
Making things involves an active government championing Britain’s strengths in automotive, aerospace and pharmaceuticals industries, but also broadening conceptions of manufacturing to include creative and music “weightless industries”.
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 The power of European integration
Author: Olaf Cramme
Date:12 September 2011
The left’s internal heterogeneity, persistent self-doubt, and, above all, the absence of a clear line of reasoning about the power and purpose of European integration have so far impeded a stronger social democratic imprint on the European project.
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