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Endgame for the Centre Left?
Author: Patrick Diamond
Date:18 January 2017
A new report examining the assumed decline of centre-left parties in Europe and setting the agenda for social democracy in the years to come.
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Aiming High
Author: Florian Ranft
Date:24 May 2016
Fresh analysis and new reforming ideas for progressives worldwide
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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.
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.
Making Markets Work
Author: Thomas Aubrey
Date:03 October 2013
The complacency with which an ever increasing amount of tax payers’ money was used to counter the worst excesses of the market has weakened centre-left parties in the fall-out from the financial crisis. This form of redress is not only no longer politically viable, but it also fails to address the underlying cause of the problem.
Progressive Politics after the Crash
Author: Olaf Cramme, Patrick Diamond and Michael McTernan
Date:02 September 2013
Those who hoped the collapse of financial markets would usher in the end of neoliberalism and rehabilitate support for traditional social democratic policy programmes have been disappointed. It is not only the irrationality of markets which is the focus of public discontent, but the inefficiency of states and the inability of elected governments to humanise and control global market capitalism.
Left without a Future?
Author: Anthony Painter
Date:08 July 2013
Left without a Future? poses a simple question: despite the failure of neo-liberalism, why has the left failed to provide an alternative that resonates? In a context of enormous social and economic change, the centre-left has not found a convincing new governing statecraft. Now it must seek to create a practical new vision in anxious rather than prosperous times.
Takeovers and the Public Interest
Author: Aeron Davis, David Offenbach, Richard Stevens & Nick Grant
Date:04 July 2013
For the last three decades annual percentage rises in executive pay for large FTSE companies in the UK have grown at a rate far outstripping those of both company growth and productivity rates while at the same time real wages have fallen for the majority of low and middle income earners. One driver of this trend is that financial activity including takeover activity, has become increasingly short-termist in nature.
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.
Legislating for Responsible Capitalism
Author: Stephen Hockman QC
Date:17 December 2012
This paper proposes a series of legal amendments which can be made to improve the monitoring, transparency and accountability of corporate power.

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