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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Juncture 19.2: Autumn 2012



Since the global financial crisis struck in 2008, British politics has experienced a degree of uncertainty not seen since the 1970s. No political party commands the intellectual or political terrain, as the Thatcher and Blair governments did, and none can look to the future with unquestioned confidence. As yesterday's orthodoxies give way to new thinking, the chances of transformative change are the greatest for a generation – but only if progressive forces have the imagination and strategic ambition to grasp the moment.

Amid the uncertainty and turmoil of the late 1970s, it was the New Right that successfully drew in other forces and developed new ways of thinking about the British economy and society. Today, presented with similar uncertainty, progressives must win the battle of ideas. This means rejecting business as usual and advancing a substantive reform of Britain's political economy which combines social democratic and liberal insights. When the electoral arithmetic points to another hung parliament, an intellectually coherent Lib-Lab coalition would not only make a virtue of necessity, it might prove to be the most effective way of securing lasting political change.

Read more: Editorial: Winning the battle of ideas


  • Editorial \ Guy Lodge and Will Paxton
  • Whither the Tory left? The demise of progressive Conservatism \ Tim Bale
  • After the Coalition: What's left? \ Gavin Kelly and Nick Pearce
  • Dealing with Europe's other deficit \ Vivien Schmidt
  • Eurozone futures: the Conservatives' dilemma \ Andrew Gamble
  • The end of ideology, again? \ Ferdinand Mount
  • Juncture interview: Ngaire Woods
  • The uphill battle ahead for 'responsible capitalism' \ John Curtice
  • India's uncertain future \ James Crabtree
  • Turkey's Syria problem \ Christopher Phillips
  • Reviews \ Vernon Bogdanor on Ferdinand Mount and Martin Gilens, Will Straw on Acemoglu and Robinson and Charles Kupchan, and Jacqui Smith on Andrew Adonis