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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (30 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780767641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780767642
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Instead of making sweeping generalisations and putting together unrealisable manifestos, the cast of contributors deliberately concentrate on providing cutting-edge, evidence-based analysis and workable solutions - on hard choices rather than hot air. Social Democrats everywhere can draw both ammunition and even a measure of confidence from every single page. Highly recommended.

Tim Bale, Chair in Politics, Queen Mary, University of London

Progressive Politics after the Crash is a major contribution to ongoing debates about the future of the left. The onset of the great recession in 2008 seemed, for a moment, to promise a revival in the fortunes of the centre-left, but it has not yet happened. The argument made here is that the fortunes of parties of the centre-left will not improve until parties and thinkers on the left develop a model of governance premised on a deeper understanding of the nature of contemporary global capitalism, and of the constraints it places on the state and state finances and on traditional, social-democratic policies for growth and redistribution. Progressive politics on this reading requires not so much a new rhetoric or vision but rather novel approaches to creating a fair society -social investment for example, and measures aimed at redistribution as well as persistent efforts to create or recreate the institutional basis for centre-left politics. These finely crafted chapters will be essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of progressive politics.

James Cronin, Professor of History, Boston College and affiliate of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University

The Great Financial Crisis has raised major policy challenges for all advanced democracies. Yet, very few policy thinktanks have addressed these questions comprehensively and even fewer take the perspective of the centre-left. Progressive Politics after the Crash is a concise and highly readable collection of chapters that includes some of the world's most stimulating and reflective academics. It is a very valuable contribution to a new centre-left agenda of establishing a political economy in the western world based on the reconciliation of economic development, equal access to assets and human capital, and redistribution.

Anke Hassel, Professor of Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance

If it is to win the battle of ideas, the centre-left urgently needs a new reform agenda. The essays in this book, drawing on the twin traditions of social liberalism and social democracy, begin to show the way forward. --Andres Velasco, Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professor at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, and former finance minister of

About the Author

Olaf Cramme is Director of Policy Network and a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics. Previously, he worked as a Parliamentary Researcher at the Houses of Parliament.

Patrick Diamond is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, Senior Research Fellow at Policy Network and Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He was formerly Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street and Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister.

Michael McTernan is Deputy Director of Policy Network. He is editor of the Policy Network Observatory and the monthly State of the Left report.

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This collection of essays by a variety of eminent scholars in their fields gathered together by the Policy Network seeks to address an apparent paradox, the collapse of turbo-charged neoliberal capitalism in the crash of 2008 and the subsequent re-emergence of neoliberal hegemony. The framework for debate is solidly social democratic, but seeks to learn from economic and social changes of the recent past in a context of economic austerity.

The method of analysis is first to understand the social and economic setting within which we are operating today in the light of the crash and second to offer policy prescriptions which will help overcome the dominance of the neoliberal agenda.

The authors suggest that traditional social democratic policies of redistribution between the classes is no longer the force it was previously as new `cleavages' have open up in society, e.g. inter-generational. Welfare is skewed to the old while young people suffer cuts, e.g. housing benefit in the UK. This is allied to the fact of the decline in traditional industries where class allegiances were held together by a strongly organised working class.

In such a context appealing to traditional class alliances is held to have little resonance. Left policies are harder to implement when there is a sustained attack by the right to portray the collapse of their model as a result of a bloated state and initiative sapping welfare provision. In this context, the task for centre left polities faces a significant number of hurdles. In the words of the old question, what is to be done?

One idea is that of `predistribution'.
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Yet another excellent Policy Network publication with particularly inspiring forward by David Miliband. Progressive politics after the crash takes a unique approach to address the issue 'what is to be done' in the face of the financial crisis.
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This book offers a truly international take on what is next for progressive politics after the financial crisis. Policy Network have once again raised the bar in terms of centre-left critical debate.
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