The centre left is at a crossroads. Social democracy as a model for social and economic organisation was one of the most remarkable achievements of the 20th Century. Yet today, it comes short of offering attractive and credible new ideas that address the challenges of contemporary societies.
Navigating this juncture will be crucial to the centre left’s future as the traditional ties that bound its support unravel. By championing flexible service provision models and a more deliberative form of democracy, progressives can make citizens feel they have a tangible stake in their future.
This volume does not claim to have all the answers, but it has gathered ideas which provide the groundwork for reframing the debate. It offers new routes towards a state which is fit for the century it serves and a framework for an engaged and educated citizenry.
Preface, Ania Skrzypek and Ernst Stetter / Introduction, Claudia Chwalisz and Renaud Thillaye / Too late for therapy?, Geoff Mulgan / The State as a Platform: Public Policy in the Digital Age,
Nicolas Colin / Party Policy and service delivery: Process vs outcome, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite / Ideas for the rejuvenation of political parties, Hanno Burmester / How can we better engage younger voters?, Georgia Gould / Behavioural insights and the welfare state, Tiina Likki / Location, location, location: Building place-based system change for better social outcomes, Anna Randle / Social mobility and noncognitive skills, Charlie Cadywould / Consent and public spending: exploring new models of taxation, Andrew Harrop / The politics of public spending, Ben Page / Conclusion, Emma Kinloch