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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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The challenge of accelerating UK housebuilding
Author: Thomas Aubrey
Date:08 January 2015
Britain’s housing crisis results from the failure of politicians to ensure that markets work in the public interest rather than to the benefit of the unproductive few. This paper, which compares the UK to other OECD countries, argues that housing policy should be directed towards reducing the levels at which residential land prices are acquired at in order to generate a transformation in the business model of building houses.
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Democratic Self-Government in Europe
Author: Damian Chalmers
Date:15 May 2013
In September 2012, the Eurobarometer found for the first time that more European citizens considered the EU to be undemocratic than democratic. Responses up to now have focused on how to reform the EU Institutions. This paper takes a different approach. The European Union should only govern when it has democratic authority within a member state.
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Governing as Social Democrats
Author: Patrick Diamond
Date:09 October 2012
The redistributive model of the state is in crisis. Post-crisis social democracy should be animated by a dual mission: pursuing resilience in our societies and institutions; and structural reforms geared towards sustainable growth and human capital investment.
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A Centre-Left Project for New Times
Author: Policy Network & Wiardi Beckman Stichting
Date:16 April 2012
A Centre-Left Project for New Times present a distinctive political strategy which sets out how left-of-centre parties can turn the tide of stagnation and attain a new vibrancy and radicalism.

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The Next British Centre-Left
Author: Patrick Diamond & Michael Kenny
Date:12 March 2012
Patrick Diamond and Michael Kenny strongly urge the Labour Partyto adopt a more realist, long-term and coalition-building political strategy if they are to succeed at the next general election.
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From shrillness to sobriety: pragmatism in climate politics
Author: Michael Lind
Date:19 April 2010

Apathy, disregard and fatigue towards combating climate change are on the rise in the US. Increasing partisan polarisation, high levels of unemployment and uncertainty over what constitutes both a progressive economic and values-based approach to cutting carbon emissions have all contributed to a maladroit and ineffective politics of climate change.
 

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The politics of climate change
Author: Anthony Giddens
Date:08 September 2008

Climate change is now a mainstream political issue. However, as yet there is no substantive framework for policy which offers coherence and consistency as to how national governments should cope with its long-term political challenges, according to a new paper by the Labour peer and sociologist Anthony Giddens.

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Third Time Lucky? Lessons from New Labour's 2005 election campaign
Author: Matt Carter
Date:20 December 2006

New Labour’s 2005 election success was met with some surprise in other European countries, as many had predicted a more pessimistic outcome. There was a great deal of international progressive interest in the campaign techniques and strategies which had propelled Tony Blair’s party to victory.

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Conundrums of Reform: Efficiency, public virtue and the delivery of world-class public services
Author: Patrick Diamond
Date:01 June 2006

This paper makes the case that all programmes of reform in public services throw up tensions and dilemmas. It does so by drawing on the legacy of organisational reform at the BBC.

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