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Left of Centre politics (Commonwealth English) or center-left politics (American English), also referred to as moderate-left politics, is an adherence to views leaning to the left-wing but closer to the centre on the left-right political spectrum than other left-wing variants. Centre-leftists believe in working within the established systems to improve social justice. The centre-left promotes a degree of social equality that it believes is achievable through promoting equal opportunity. The centre-left has promoted luck egalitarianism, which emphasises the achievement of equality requires personal responsibility in areas in control by the individual person through their abilities and talents, and social responsibility in areas outside control by the individual person in their abilities or talents.
The centre-left opposes a wide gap between the rich and the poor and supports moderate measures to reduce the economic gap, such as a progressive income tax, laws prohibiting child labour, minimum wage laws, laws regulating working conditions, limits on working hours, and laws to ensure the workers' right to organise. The centre-left, unlike the far-left, typically claims that complete equality of outcome is not possible, but instead that equal opportunity improves a degree of equality of outcome in society.
In Europe, the centre-left includes social democrats, social liberals, greens, progressives and also some democratic socialists. Some social liberals are described as centre-left, but also many social liberals are in the centre of the political spectrum.
Positions associated with centre-left
Throughout the world, centre-left groups generally support:
- A mixed economy consisting of both publicly owned or subsidised programmes of education, universal health care, child care and related social services for all citizens.
- A useful system of social security, with the stated goal of counteracting the effects of poverty and insuring the general public against loss of income following illness, unemployment or retirement (National Insurance contributions)
- Government bodies that regulate private enterprise in the interests of workers and consumers by ensuring labour rights (i.e. supporting worker access to trade unions), consumer protections, and fair market competition.
- A progressive taxation that includes tax breaks and subsidies for those under poverty extended from government.
- A wealth tax and/or a value-added tax to fund government expenditures.
- Public investments and Keynesian economics.
The term may be used to imply positions on the environment, religion, public morality, et cetera, but these are usually not the defining characteristics, since centre-right parties may take similar positions on these issues. A centre-left party may or may not be more concerned with reducing industrial emissions than a centre-right party.
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