Policy Network

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Policy Network
Policy Network Logo.png
Motto Providing progressive solutions to the political challenges of the 21st Century.
Type Think Tank
Chair Roger Liddle
Website www.policy-network.net

Policy Network is an international progressive think tank based in London. It is leading platform for long-term strategic thinking, policymaking and international best practice, influencing policy debates in the UK, Europe and internationally. The President of Policy Network is former UK First Secretary of State and EU Trade Commissioner Lord Peter Mandelson; Lord Roger Liddle, former Special Adviser to President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, is Chairperson.[1]


Policy Network is a leading think tank and international political network based in London. It seeks to promote strategic thinking on progressive solutions to the challenges of the 21st century and the future of social democracy, impacting upon policy debates in the UK, the rest of Europe and the wider world.

Policy Network organises debates and conducts research on policy and political challenges that present all governments and political parties with urgent dilemmas, either because sustainable solutions remain elusive, or because there are political barriers to their implementation.

Through its distinctly collaborative and cross-national approach, Policy Network has acquired a reputation as a highly valued platform for perceptive and challenging political analysis.[2] Their work is regularly featured in leading international print, television, and online media including, among others, The Economist,[3][4] The Financial Times,[5][6][7] the BBC,[8][9][10][11] The Guardian,[12][13] The Telegraph,[14] Le Monde,[15] Die Zeit,[16] the Chicago Tribune,[17] and the Huffington Post.[18][19]


Policy Network’s website plays host to the Policy Network Observatory, a forum for ideas and policy debate. The Policy Network Observatory also hosts a monthly insight bulletin, The State of the Left, which includes insider analyses of the political climate in a number of countries around the world. In 2010 Policy Network launched its opinion poll tracker, which tracks the fortunes of Europe’s social democratic parties on a cross-comparative basis. Many articles on the Policy Network Observatory have been re-published by the New Statesman and the Guardian and some are also translated into French at Toute L’Europe and Spanish at Agenda Pública and promoted by Policy Network's partner organisations in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Italy. Significant figures who have contributed commissioned articles for the Policy Network Observatory include: Enrico Letta, Lodewijk Asscher, Thomas Piketty, Jason Furman, Julian Priestley, Andrew Duff, Richard Corbett, Andrés Velasco, Lawrence Summers, David Held, Peter Mandelson, Pascal Lamy, Jacob Hacker, Anthony Giddens, Michael Lind, Colin Crouch, Elaine Byrne, John Kay, Andrew Gamble, Paul Collier, James K Galbraith and Mariana Mazzucato, among others.[20]

Current work programmes[edit]

Under conditions of globalisation and European integration, the distinction between national and international problems has become increasingly blurred. Understanding the relationship between the domestic and the international informs Policy Network's work across three principal areas:

  • The renewal of social democracy
  • Europe’s economic and social models
  • The politics of multi-level governance and institutional reform

Topics in which Policy Network has specialist knowledge include: welfare state and labour market reform, globalisation, European Union, economic governance, industrial policy, climate change and energy, and migration and integration.

Current or recent projects include economic and public service reform; migration, integration and political trust; and the future of the post-financial crisis global economy. The think tank has had a major policy impact on many topics including the politics of globalisation, EU integration, devolution, climate change, countering populism and extremism, cosmopolitanism, post-financial crisis economic reform, the ageing society, education, and welfare state reform, and their work has brought ideas such as Post-democracy, the Third Way, Pre-distribution, cosmopolitan democracy and the Precariat to public attention.

Progressive Governance Network[edit]

World leaders attending the Progressive Governance Conference 2009 in Chile.

The Progressive Governance Network, for which Policy Network acts as the secretariat, brings together progressive heads of state, government ministers, politicians and intellectuals from across the world to address the challenges of globalization. The network's stated goal is to enhance co-operation and links between key progressive policymakers and academics as well as to provide a meeting place for exchanging concrete policies and practices. The Progressive Governance Network was launched in 1999 by US President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroder, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Wim Kok and Prime Minister of Italy Massimo D’Alema.

Policy Network has a rich history of hosting major Progressive Governance Conferences. Since its formation in 1999, Progressive Governance conferences have been held in Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Norway and Sweden, amongst other locations. These conferences have often been hosted by incumbent heads of state/government including; Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet in 2009; UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown in 2010; Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg in 2011, and Irish Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore in 2012. Recent participants have included Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; US Vice President Joe Biden; Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy; and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The 2013 Progressive Governance conference was hosted by the Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt in Copenhagen in April 2013.[21]

Board members[edit]

President -

Peter Mandelson: Former UK first secretary of state, business secretary and EU Trade commissioner.

Chair -

Roger Liddle: Labour front bench spokesperson on Europe in the House of Lords.

Board -

Susan Hitch: Manager of Lord Sainsbury of Turville's pro bono programme, a Governor of the Institute for Government and board member of Centre for Cities, Progress and the Centre for European Reform.

Patrick Diamond: Senior research fellow at Policy Network and former head of long-term policy in the UK Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street. Formerly group director of policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Matt Browne: Fellow at the Center for American Progress, previously director of public affairs in APCO Worldwide’s London office.

Giles Radice: Labour member of the House of Lords, formerly Labour member of parliament for North Durham 1972-2001.

Loukas Tsoukalis: President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and special adviser to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

Jürgen Krönig: UK correspondent for German weekly Die Zeit and freelance author for various publications and TV in Germany, Switzerland and the UK.

Tibor Szanyi: Socialist member of the Hungarian parliament and former Political State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Economy and Transport.

Andrew Adonis: Labour member of the House of Lords. Former head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and former Minister of State for Education and former Secretary of State for Transport.

Notable publications[edit]

  • The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration, Roger Liddle, 2014
  • Democratic Self-Government in Europe, Damian Chalmers, 2013
  • Immigration, Work and Welfare, Elena Jurado, Grete Brochmann and Jon Erik Dølvik (eds), 2013
  • Legislating for Responsible Capitalism, Stephen Hockman, 2012
  • On Growth, Larry Summers, 2012
  • Rebalancing What?, Mariana Mazzucato, 2012
  • The Institutional Foundations of Middle Class Democracy, Jacob Hacker, 2011
  • Is there a liberalism beyond social democracy?, Colin Crouch, 2011
  • In the Black Labour: Why fiscal conservatism and social justice go hand-in-hand, Graeme Cooke, Adam Lent, Anthony Painter and Hopi Sen, 2011
  • Brazil rising: The prospects of an emerging power, Alfredo Cabral & Priya Shankar, 2011
  • Southern Discomfort Again, Patrick Diamond & Giles Radice, 2010
  • Cause for concern? The impact of immigration on political trust, Lauren M. McLaren, 2010
  • Old player, new role? India in a multi-polar world, Priya Shankar, 2010
  • What's the story? Nation-building narratives in Australian climate politics, David Hetherington and Tim Soutphommasane, 2010
  • Democracy, climate change and global governance, David Held & Angus Fane Hervey, 2009
  • The politics of climate change, Anthony Giddens, 2008

Partner thinktanks[edit]


European Policy Centre

Progressive Policy Institute

Center for American Progress

Wiardi Beckman Stichting

Foundation for Progressive European Studies

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ "About Us". Policy Network. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Migration after the crash". The Economist. 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Britain and the EU". The Economist. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Spend and borrow will not save the left". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Leaders who generate diminishing returns". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Immigration: tensions unveiled". The Financial Times. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Newsnight". The BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  9. ^ "The Politics Show". The BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  10. ^ "The Today Programme". The BBC. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  11. ^ "The Westminster Hour". The BBC. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  12. ^ Mazzucato, Mariana (2012-06-24). "Banks must learn to reward the good risks". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  13. ^ McFadden, Pat (2012-05-20). "Help Britain do what it does best: make stuff". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Labour's secret army has turned on Ed Balls. Vive la résistance!". London: The Telegraph. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  15. ^ "Une nouvelle voie sociale-démocrate s'esquisse-t-elle en Angleterre?". Le Monde. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  16. ^ "Ed Miliband kann seine Partei nicht retten". Die Zeit. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  17. ^ "Europe's center left defends welfare amid austerity". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  18. ^ "In the Media Us". Policy Network. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  19. ^ "Eurozone Crisis: Cameron's Gambit May Fail, Leaving Britain Isolated". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  20. ^ "Policy Network Observatory". Policy Network. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  21. ^ "Events". Policy Network. Retrieved 2013-03-21.