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Mr Keynes and the Moderns

Keynes’ General Theory is 75 years old. In this column, Paul Krugman argues that many of its insights and lessons are still relevant today, but many have been forgotten. A broad swath of macroeconomists and policymakers are applying old fallacies to today’s crisis. As the nostrums being applied by the “pain caucus” are visibly failing, Keynesian ideas may yet make a comeback.

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The Party Paradox

By Rene Cuperus

There are two tales about party politics. In the first, political parties are moribund, if not on their last legs. Parties are said to have been in crisis or decline for decades and are believed to have lost virtually all their functions to the courts, the bureaucracy, the media, or powerful social organizations. Parties supposedly no longer matter in actual agenda setting and policy making. They have become marginal institutions. Following the de-ideologization and the rise of the floating voter, parties no longer stand for anything or anybody. Nor do they provide principled politicians or edifying programmes and innovative political ideas. The party is over: consider the ongoing decline in voter turnout, diminishing party loyalty, the declining membership, the loss of ideological identity, and the decreasing social concern among parties and their representatives. The social, electoral, and ideological weakening of parties suggests that the concrete pillars of democracy are crumbling. At best, parties continue to function as campaign organizations and become empty shells, driven purely by mediagenic party leaders and mediagenic ideas.

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Rebuilding Political Parties – Lessons from UK Labour

By Peter Hain

I’ve been a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years.  I have seen some of the best our Party has to offer – a clear vision for a better, fairer world and a commitment to work hard to achieve these goals.  We have been a great force for positive change and development for many years.  I am incredibly proud to be a member of the party that introduced the minimum wage, fought for women’s suffrage and made the National Health Service a world leader.

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Organisations, too, need Love – Social Democracy ought to be more than just a Policy Choice

By Gabor Gyori

In analysing a key organisational challenge for social democracy,  I recently wrote that “[s]ocial democratic parties are for the most part unable to engage the identities of citizens; they are perceived as campaign vehicles and administrators of certain ideas rather than core institutions of an extended ideological community.” I promised to follow up on this idea in a later article, which you’ll find below.

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Re-Energizing The Progressive Movement

By Zaid Jilani

This past Thursday, over 2,000 progressives — including the team from ThinkProgress (see )  — attended Netroots Nation 2011, where bloggers, elected officials, and activists came together to strategize about how to reinvigorate the US progressive movement and more effectively battle the right. During the four-day event, conference-goers attended panels on topics ranging from the Federal Reserve to the Arab Spring, heard speeches from members of Congress, peppered a high-ranking White House official with questions, and strategized with some of the nation’s biggest names in progressive politics. Although the blogosphere has often been derided by traditional media and the political class, Netroots Nation was a clear demonstration of a simple fact: the blogs and social media outlets that make up the netroots are a pivotal part of shaping not only the progressive movement but the very future of America.

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Party Renewal is about Democracy and Participation

By Andrea Nahles

A lively democracy can only work as an inclusive narrative; a narrative that is developed in an open debate. It is shared in society because everybody can join the debate and have a say. This inclusive narrative is the precondition for social cohesion, for peace, for a good society.

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UK Blue Labour - Looking to the future


by Jim Murphy MP, UK Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

The theme of 'people first' underpins Blue Labour and is one that the whole Labour movement must again embrace to again have the opportunity to serve.

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Flying a rebel flag to ensure all are given a fair go

by Paul Howes

THE bulk of the Australian population now sits among the most highly urbanised on the globe, concentrated in booming and cosmopolitan cities along our coastlines. But even today, just as it did more than 100 years ago, our country still lives off the massive profits delivered by resource-rich industries scattered across the outback.

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The New Social Democracy – Towards Pluralist Network Parties

By Robin Wilson

The expert on western European politics Peter Mair hasdiagnosed a ‘hollowing out’ of politics in recent decades, as parties have become less representative voices for diverse groups of the citizenry and more mediatised vehicles for members of a detached political class to insert themselves into government.[1] This is particularly clear in France, with its presidential system: Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s fall from grace demonstrated that the future of French socialism had effectively been reduced to a decision by a latter-day medieval political prince as to whether he would deign to subject himself to popular election.

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Reviving a Progressive Economics: A new Organization for a Long and Distinguished Tradition

By John Weeks

The explicitly conservative nature of mainstream (“neoclassical”) economics might give the impression that all economists line up on the political spectrum somewhere between the moderately and extremely reactionary. This is especially the case with the vast majority of the profession in North America and Europe supportive of fiscal austerity.

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