Industrial Heartlands Impulse Papers

After an intensive first working phase on the thematic strands of “Climate, Work and Innovation” and “Perspective for the Future, Respect and Participation”, our Project Fellows outlined the issues and topics they will work on throughout the course of the project. They were presented to the public at Innocracy Conference on November 17 where these impulse papers set the scene for a panel discussion amongst elected officials and leaders from the US Midwest as well as German transformation regions.

“Liberal Democracy is the real winner!” – Polish Elections revisited

Where is the Polish Left standing after the election? In a briefing hosted by Das Progressive Zentrum (DPZ), Policy Fellow and research associate at the Institut für Europäische Politik Maria Skóra and Board Member Katarina Niewiedzial debated with Journalist Karolina Zbytniewska and opposition politician Konrad Gołota the results of Polish parliamentary elections and the situation of progressive forces in the country.

Progressive Economics Network Meetings During IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C.

How can progressive industrial strategies deliver cross-border synergies? How can social justice be hard-wired into their design? How can industrial policy be designed to align with countries’ broader economic strategies?

The Progressive Summer Party 2023 – Thank you all!

We look back on a great evening with around 1,000 invited guests, lots of prominent political guests and great conversations. Thank you to everyone who made this evening possible.

Germans significantly underestimate unequal distribution of income and wealth

People with higher incomes and wealth tend to underestimate their financial situation, while in turn, those with less financial means tend to overestimate their standing relative to the overall population.

Transatlantic Dialogue on the Industrial Heartlands: Shaping the Future

Developing solutions for a better, greener and more democratic life in the “places that don’t matter”

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Towards a progressive toolbox to deal with inflation - Progressive Economics Network Expert Meeting in Brussels

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How can we categorise different types of market interventions to deal with inflation implemented over the last two years? What were their costs, benefits, and impacts? How can we prepare for future inflation shocks?

Getting the Green Deal Done: Progressive Economics Network meets in Brussels

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How can member states achieve their industrial policy and green investment ambitions while ensuring fiscal sustainability during the process of turning the European economic framework greener and cleaner?

A Progressive Answer to the Territorial Divide

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Beyond mere electoral considerations – with European elections looming – it remains a crucial task for democrats to understand the reasons for the rise of far-right ideologies. Factors such as the perception of a migration crisis and a degraded public debate serve as catalysts for the proliferation of these ideologies. Access to social infrastructure emerges as a pivotal factor, underscoring the need for comprehensive policies that extend beyond the ballot box.

Reforming the EU is a historical necessity for its ability to (re)act and enlarge

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The European Union is heading towards the next election. In June, we will not only witness the composition of the new European Parliament, but also the lineup of the new European Commission. As of today, prognoses assume a shift to the right, in particular with gains for the national-conservative and far-right fringe parties. Progressives will have to brace for an intensive campaign as the next legislative period requires historic decisions.

Labour’s Pathway to Power: Security, security, security

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For the first time in 13 unlucky years things are looking up for progressives in Britain. To support Labour's chances to form a new government, Labour Together has been developing a policy and communications strategy based on the idea of security. This reflects both the immediate financial insecurity being felt by many voters but also a more profound sense of uncertainty resulting from the shocks of the last few years.

On the political lessons of Bidenomics (and what works with voters and what not)

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The first two years of the Biden Administration ushered in a commitment to industrial policy not seen since the days of Lyndon Johnson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. However, recent polling indicates that only 36% of U.S. voters are aware of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), emphasizing the need for persistent storytelling to convey the positive effects of the administration's industrial policy on job creation, community investments, and addressing climate change in the long term.

“Liberal Democracy is the real winner!” – Polish Elections revisited

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Where is the Polish Left standing after the election? In a briefing hosted by Das Progressive Zentrum (DPZ), Policy Fellow and research associate at the Institut für Europäische Politik Maria Skóra and Board Member Katarina Niewiedzial debated with Journalist Karolina Zbytniewska and opposition politician Konrad Gołota the results of Polish parliamentary elections and the situation of progressive forces in the country.

More Leading Experts Join Scientific Council of Das Progressive Zentrum

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Das Progressive Zentrum expands its Scientific Council by eleven new members

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Germans significantly underestimate unequal distribution of income and wealth

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Summary The German public greatly underestimates how unequally income and wealth are distributed in Germany. People with higher incomes and wealth tend to underestimate their financial situation, while in turn, those with less financial means tend to overestimate their standing relative to the overall population. The result of these misjudgments is that many more people …

Progressive Governance: Rise or Demise – How Democracies Can Withstand Authoritarian Attacks

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New "Talking Progress" Podcast episode: A conversation between Anne Applebaum and Wolfgang Schmidt

Empowering Cities: Building Urban and Transatlantic Infrastructure

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What are successful approaches and polices to the most pressing issues for German and US cities? How can cities and international networks strengthen the transatlantic partnership?

Empowering Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Progress

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City leaders share the same worries: Climate change, rising inequality, housing insecurity and health inequity, to name a few. They talk about working towards progress. But how can a city’s development in these areas really be assessed?

Onwards and Upwards

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Delivering on the Promise of Progress

Empowering Cities: Forging a Transatlantic Dialogue

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Does Germany struggle with its unhoused populations the same way as cities in the United States do? What can the U.S. learn from Germany when it comes to improving public transportation infrastructure?

The Majority is Convinced: New German Administration is Future-Oriented

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SPD, Greens and FDP have stepped up as a Future-Oriented coalition

The Disregarded

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A study on the importance of regional perspectives for the great transformation

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