Progressive Governance Summit

Europe’s largest conference for progressive politics

From Santiago to London, Oslo, Dublin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Stockholm to Berlin – Progressive Governance conferences and summits have been held worldwide since 1999. Since its inception, the conference has gathered leading as well as up-and-coming academics, activists and political decision-makers from around the globe.

While each Progressive Governance edition has had a different main focus, the underlying goal remains the same: to debate and discuss the current state of centre-left parties and movements as well as common paths forward. The now yearly Progressive Governance series brings cutting-edge intellectual thinking and impactful political actors together to rejuvenate the progressive governing philosophy and political agenda across the world.

Past Events

Progressive Government – Stockholm Seminar 2023

In 2023, the Progressive Governance consortium organised two seminars bringing together progressive decision makers and impactful thinkers to forge centre-left solutions on balancing short- and long-term policy priorities in the light of the polycrisis.

In his paper titled Progressive Governance in Hard Times – How to Build Momentum for Electoral Success in 2024 our Circle of Friends member Patrick Diamond summarises and contextualises the main points discussed.

Progressive Governance Summit 2022

Hard times call for good friends with a plan. PGS22 gathered leading political actors in Berlin to debate and strategise which (and how) progressive alliances can deliver on the promise of progress. Together, we worked on how campaigns, narratives, and policies can build the capacity for progressives to govern at the local to the international level.

Progressive Governance Summit 2021 (Digital)

Momentum for Change: Defining a Decade of Progress

As the political priorities shift from crisis management to the transition of societies and systems post-pandemic, progressives must lead a new political era defined by courage and action. 2021’s summit focused on which political strategies and approaches can lay the foundation to make the 2020s a decade of progress. 

Progressive Governance Summit 2020 (Digital)

Restart! A progressive agenda for a new normality in the post-pandemic world.

PGS20 was a window of opportunity for progressives to come together and discuss shared visions of what a post-Covid-19 world should and could look like. How to promote international solidarity in times of crisis was the central objective of #PGS20.

Progressive Governance Summit 2019

2019’s symposium marked an important milestone in the European and Transatlantic progressive movement discussing the imperative for progressives around the world to reinvigorate their policies and politics in the face of resurgent right-wing nationalism and populism.

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PGS Blog

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.

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.

Hungarian elections: Lessons for European progressives

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Key takeaways with Klára Dobrev & Anikó Gregor

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