Pamphlets

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Reform in an Age of Austerity: Responses

In February 2010 Progress published Reform in an Age of Austerity: A journey, not a destination, by Patrick Diamond, Joe Goldberg, Hopi Sen and Jacqui Smith. In this new publication Philip Collins, Paul Corrigan, Jon Cruddas MP, Ben Lucas, Rick Muir and Imogen Parker give their responses to the paper, setting out their views on …

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Reform in an Age of Austerity

Reform in an Age of Austerity is a short thinkpiece contributing to the debate within the Labour party around the future direction of public service reform authored by Patrick Diamond, Joe Goldberg, Hopi Sen and Jacqui Smith

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Battleground briefing

This definitive guide to Labour’s general election target list looks at the seats in detail, the majority, vote shares of the three main parties and, where appropriate, Ukip, the Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru.

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Meet the swing voters

In this special report for Progress, Deborah Mattinson and Zoe Tyndall find out what swing voters in four ‘Frontline 40’ seats want to see from Labour

The Politics of Solutions

The Politics of Solutions

This new pamphlet edited by Alison McGovern MP and Phil Wilson MP argues that a strong concentration on finding  solutions to the problems the country faces should now characterise Labour politics. With contributions from Hopi Sen, Liz Kendall MP, Nick Pearce and Graeme Cooke,  Kevin Rowan, John Woodcock MP, Pat McFadden MP and Emma Reynolds MP.

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Majority Rules

In a major new publication, Peter Kellner assesses Labour’s prospects of winning an outright majority in 2015. With two years to go until the general election, he argues Labour must defy history, overcome some awkward numbers, and overcome persistent weaknesses in the reputation of the party. And he outlines new polling for Progress about Labour’s …

Marginal Difference

Marginal difference: Who Labour needs to win and where

Where did the voters who left Labour’s coalition between 1997 and 2010 go? And what is the best way of getting them back? This paper argues that the debate is ill-served by a simplistic polarisation between ‘missing millions’ and ‘Tory switchers’. We should use both sets of insights, complex though it is to synthesise them.

The new centre ground

The New Centre-ground: How can progressives win a new majority?

Liam Byrne MP reflects on the achievements of the third way, the state of the left, and changing voter attitudes. He identifies five lessons for progressive renewal – Fiscal realism, a new economy, New welfare states, Civic inventiveness , and a new politics – principles around which the new centre-ground of British politics can be …

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The Purple Papers: Real Change for Britain, Real Choices for Labour

An incoming Labour government in 2015 will face enormous challenges. The Purple Papers examine four big themes – restoring economic growth; getting Britain working again; rebuilding public services; and tackling the ‘care crunch’ – and presents some of the options and choices the party will face.

The Future of Labour's Foreign Policy

The Future of Labour’s Foreign Policy

This pamphlet examines the challenges facing improving the UK’s foreign policy machine, Labour’s Responsibility to Protect and Labour’s defence of multilateralism, drawing on interviews with senior foreign policy figures including David Miliband, representatives of Chatham House and the European Council on Foreign Relations, other senior MPs, and journalists with the Financial Times and the Economist.

Coalition A-Z

A to Z of the coalition government

From the aircraft carriers with no jets to the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo: Progress presents the A-Z of the coalition government.

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A better big society: how Labour can make the ‘big society’ its own

It would be too easy to dismiss the big society simply as a smokescreen for the coalition to impose massive public spending cuts. Progressive politics is grounded in a diverse range of civil and state institutions working for individuals, as well as for the common good. We need a considered critique of the big society.

Organising to win

Organising to win: How seats defied the national swing

In May 2010 Labour held seats that were expected to fall to the Conservatives. Key to that was the work of excellent candidates, committed volunteers and well worked strategies. This pamphlet looks at the very different models that can work for a campaign.

The Hidden Agenda

David Blunkett MP: The Hidden Agenda: the true face of Cameron’s Conservatives

Former home secretary David Blunkett tackles four substantial areas which form the backcloth to the general election battle – but which also illustrate the challenge which faces our democratic system in the years ahead.

Migration debate

A positive benefit: Changing the terms of the migration debate

This ‘green paper’ sets out some of the initial thinking behind the group’s approach and seeks the views of Labour party members and others in the Labour movement. The policy group will respond to the consultation in the autumn when we will produce a ‘white paper’ containing practical proposals for action.

Public Sector to Public Service white paper

From public sector to public service: putting citizens in control

This ‘white  paper’ contains an assessment of the progress New Labour has made in reforming public services since 1997 and lays out some principles to guide the next decade’s reform programme. It builds upon the ‘green paper’ published during the summer and utilises the ideas of the group’s members and the people who took part …

How do we make the case for taxation

Building Britain’s Future: Progress Downing Street Seminars 2009

These essays were presented at three Progress seminars held at No 10 Downing Street in Autumn2009. The seminars  were held to debate specific policy aspects of the government’s draft legislative programme, Building Britain’s Future.  A specially invited audience of thinktank staff, MPs, and councillors listened to presentations based on these essays,  in sessions chaired by …

Real Reform Now

Real Reform Now: Why Progressives Should Embrace Democratic Renewal and How We Get There

By Lewis Baston, Brian Brivati, Matthew Cain, Dermot Finch, Guy Lodge, Fiona Mactaggart, Steve Reed, Will Straw and Stephen Twigg

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Accountability, prevention and trust: empowering communities to deliver justice

This final ‘white paper’ builds on the ‘green paper’ published during the summer of 2008. The report makes proposals for further progress intended to meet changing public expectations after Labour’s first decade in power during which overall crime has fallen but remains too high.

Migration debate

A positive benefit: changing the terms of the migration debate

This ‘green paper’ sets out the initial thinking of the Progress policy group on migration, the remit of which is to investigate ways of making migration work for all, particularly the most disadvantaged in our society, while ensuring Labour’s commitment to race equality and the celebration of diversity is upheld.

Labour in local government

Labour in local government

How do we rebuild our base? Hazel Blears, Stella Creasy, Jane Roberts, Gerry Stoker, Steve Reed

Local Labour

Local Labour: New policy ideas for communities

A collection of essays edited by James Hulme, with contributions from Jessica Asato, James Hulme, Jules Pipe, Andy Burnham, Steve Reed, Stephen Houghton and Hazel Harding.

Euro election pullout

Euro-election pullout: Your doorstep guide to Labour’s campaign

The pullout from the May 2009 edition of Progress magazine, a resource for Labour members to help make case for Labour in the 2009 European elections.

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From public sector to public service

This short ‘green paper’  is consultative in nature. It contains an assessment of the progress New Labour has made  in  reforming public services since 1997. It lays out some principles to guide the next decade’ s reform programme. And it poses a series of questions to aid consultation about how these principles could be implemented …

Turning it around

Chris Leslie and Jessica Asato: Turning it around: A progressive approach to fiscal stimulus for the UK’s 2009 budget

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Accountability, prevention and trust: empowering communities to deliver justice

This short ‘green paper’ is consultative in nature. It makes proposals for further progress intended to meet changing public expectations after Labour’ s first decade in power during which overall crime has fallen but fear of crime remains high. It then asks a series of questions to encourage feedback from a wide range of interested …

Social justice, democracy and human rights

Social justice, democracy and human rights: shaping a principles-based foreign policy

This short ‘green paper’ is consultative in nature, containing an assessment of Labour’ s foreign policy since 1997. It lays out some principles to guide its approach in the next decade and poses a series of questions to aid consultation about how these principles could be implemented in practice.

Migration debate

A positive benefit: changing the terms of the migration debate

This ‘white paper’ investigates ways of making migration work for all, particularly the most disadvantaged in our society, while ensuring that Labour’s commitment to race equality and the celebration of diversity is upheld. It builds upon the ‘green paper’ Progress published in the summer of 2008 and utilises the ideas of the group members and …

Social justice, democracy and human rights

Social justice, democracy and human rights: shaping a principles-based foreign policy

This  final  ‘white  paper’  builds  upon  the  ‘green  paper’  Progress  published in the summer of 2008 and utilises the ideas of the group  members  and  people  who  took  part  in  the  consultation  period  which followed. These are our guiding principles: internationalist, not protectionist;  interventionist, not isolationist; progressive, not paralysed by events;  forward-thinking, not trapped in …

Autonomy and control

Autonomy and control: making welfare work for social justice

This ‘green paper’ has been produced by the Progress policy welfare reform group. Its remit is to look at new ways the government could tackle worklessness and ensure that citizens have training and opportunities to find self-fulfilment and escape poverty through work. This sets out some of the initial thinking behind the group’s approach.

Crisis of the democratic left

Denis MacShane: The crisis of the democratic left in Europe

The Progress Essays

The Progress Essays: How do we make the case for taxation?

Changing Wales

Peter Hain: Changing Wales: Changing Welsh Labour

Beyond the first 100 days

Beyond the first 100 days

The Inclusive Society

The inclusive society? Social mobility in 21st century Britain

The progressive challenge

The progressive challenge: can migration benefit the whole nation?

power to the people

Power to the People

Positing the empowering state as a response to David Cameron’s conception of the small state has obvious political appeal. But it is also provides Labour with a powerful progressive message about widening access to power and opportunity, argues Robert Philpot. This pamphlet includes in-depth analysis from Liam Byrne (Fairness and freedom), James Purnell (The enabling state) and Matthew Taylor (Empowerment: a …

Mind the gap

Mind the Gap