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New migration realities: inclusive narratives

In Europe and in developed democracies around the world, immigration has become a central topic of debate and policy focus. Once fringe populist parties have magnified their voices and influence by exploiting the concerns of voters who feel marginalised, forgotten, or frustrated by the mainstream, often by focusing on or stoking their fears of others. In some cases, major parties have responded by adapting more restrictive rhetoric and positions on immigration, leading to a deterioration of the main debate into destructive ‘us versus them’ terms. Policy Network, supported by the Barrow Cadbury Fund, is exploring how the progressive mainstream can challenge this and develop more inclusive narratives on immigration.

Welfare, wealth and work for Europe

Policy Network are part of a four year research initiative led by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) with the objective of identifying the conditions for a successful socio-ecological transition in line with the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Corporate governance and progressive capitalism

A Policy Network programme of thought leadership seminars on corporate governance and progressive capitalism. The objective is to debate the future of capitalism and how it can better serve society.

Predistribution and changing welfare states

Policy Network and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) are engaged in a research programme looking at how states can alter the underlying distribution of market outcomes so as not to rely solely on post hoc redistribution through the welfare state.

Sharing in the success of the digital economy

Policy Network and the Washington-based Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) are collaborating on a programme of work exploring how information and communications technology (ICT) and the digital economy can boost living standards by driving innovation and productivity growth.

Financing growth businesses across the EU

Policy Network has instigated a new research project to analyse in more detail the challenges of financing growth businesses across the European Union and propose how some of these challenges might be overcome. This project aims to feed into the policy debate on the Capital Markets Union agenda.