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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Where next? The challenge for centre-left politics

Professor of Government and Public Policy at UCL and former Labour MP Tony Wright reviews the post-Coalition landscape for centre-left politics in Britain, covering the spectrum of policy issues from the local to the global.

'The principal test facing British centre-left politics today is whether it is still fit-for-purpose. Does its intellectual framework (with its corresponding policy instruments) offer an adequate response to the challenges facing the country today? Does it have a foundation in wider social movements on which to build its politics? Will it embrace a pluralist and reformist agenda rather than take a narrow oppositional stance? And can it once again generate genuine momentum for progressive change?'

Foreword by Nick Pearce, Lisa Harker and Carey Oppenheim

This essay provides the conclusion to IPPR's 2010 seminar series 'Where next for progressive politics?'.