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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.
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.

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.
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.
The Europe Dilemma
Author: Roger Liddle
Date:26 February 2014
In his new book, Policy Network chairman Roger Liddle critically explores Britain’s chequered history with Europe and the critical choices that burden past, present and future governments.
Britain’s Financial Services Industry in a Changing Europe
Author: Policy Network
Date:12 December 2013
Financial services are the focal point of the debate about Britain’s future in the EU. The sovereign debt and banking crises have accelerated integration in the Eurozone, a trend often seen as alien to British interests. The position of the City as the main financial services centre in Europe has become uncertain.
A New Promise for Europe
Author: Olaf Cramme, Arian Meyer & Jo Ritzen
Date:09 September 2013
Europe is in a state of “Eurosion”. The EU is gradually turning into a union of vague and abstract notions that risk ignoring the real social and economic aspirations of it’s citizens. Few attempts have been made to spell out an idea of progress that can capture the imagination of Europe’s citizens, many of which no longer regard the Union as a vehicle for positive change. Populism and euroscepticism have never had it so easy.
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.
Economic Governance in a Non-Federal EU
Author: Renaud Thillaye
Date:24 July 2013
The most commonly held opinion about the eurozone crisis is that it should lead to greater EU integration. Yet despite all the talk about fundamental design flaws and the need for a federal ‘leap forward’, EU governments and citizens are not ready to pool further sovereignty and resources as a way to strengthen the common currency and to improve the EU’s delivering capacity.
Politics in the Austerity State
Author: Olaf Cramme
Date:11 July 2013
Campaigning for election to the European Parliament in 2014 is about to begin and Europe’s mainstream political parties are fighting a grand ideological battle between growth and austerity which they believe will define the post-crisis political era.

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