Progressive Governance Conference

Chile ’09

Video – Francesco Rutelli

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 28, 2009

Francesco Rutelli (Italy) is a senator of the Republic of Italy for the Democratic Party, here he talks to policy network about the progressive governance conference in chile 2009.

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Video – Teresa Ribera

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 28, 2009

Teresa Ribera is Spain’s State Secretary for Environment – here she talks to policy network at the progressive governance conference 2009 in Chile.

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Progressive Governance Summit

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 28, 2009

Today the formal summit of leaders gets underway, following yesterday’s conference.  You can find live streaming here,  although expect capacity to be limited.   We hope to live blog here from the room and tweet in Twitter subject to the vagaries of the Sheraton’s wifi service.

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Tom Bentley writes from Vina Del Mar, Chile

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

In his essay for The Monthly earlier this year, Kevin Rudd warned that the Global Financial Crisis was a moment when social democracy was called on “to save capitalism from itself”.  Today in Vina Del Mar, Chile, political leaders, heads of government and leading policy thinkers from around the world gathered to discuss and begin to chart a ´progressive´approach to the challenges created by crisis.  Rudd was quoted by James Purnell, UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who urged the conference to consider an agenda of empowerment in which government acted to disperse and distribute the power that would otherwise be concentrated in unjustified ways.  The conference was later addressed by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who ably demonstrated the degree of alignment there is across countries with very different governance traditions.  Clear shared priorities for economic stimulus, sustainable growth and global reform to protect the poorest and most vulnerable were outlined and debated.  A week before the G20 summit in London, the conference is proving how much shared commitment there is across the centre left to create a ´progressive moment´out of this crisis, but at the same time how much there is do on so many fronts in order to impact decisively on the forces currently shaping growth paths around the world. 

Tom Bentley is a senior adviser to the Australian Government

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Video – Rudy deLeon

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

Rudy deLeon (US) is senior vice president for national security programs at the Center for American Progress.  He talked to policy network about the progressive governance conference

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Video – Mona Sahlin

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

Mona Sahlin (Sweden) is leader of the Swedish Social Democratic party – here she talks to policy network about the progressive governance conference.

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Lapo Pistelli on the global crisis

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

Global crisis, global needs, global solutions. The answer must be global or it will not work. The effort by Policy Network to bring together reformist and progressive forces is getting better year by year. Now it’s time to give a more steady basis to this magnificent political job. This crisis can be transformed also into an opportunity. In Europe, the politic of fear, the anxiety that push towards nationalistic instincts put forward by conservatives could give momentum to those political parties who failed in managing the crisis. Therefore it’ time to unite all those who stand for progressive values, who want to combine economic growth and social equity, who want to listen and involve people in a new political age, to create new political alliances and families, capable to go beyond the old-fashioned labels. The new american Presidency is a big opportunity to explore this new frontier: strenghten all those places in which progressive parties can discuss and prepare together ideas and solutions that have to be delivered by progressive governments. And Policy Network can help us a lot.

Lapo Pistelli International Secretary of Democratic Party of Italy – guest author for Policy Network

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Video – Valerie Amos

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

Valerie Amos (UK) is a member of the House of Lords its former leader – here she gives an interview to policy network at the progressive governance conference 2009

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Video – Will Marshall

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

Will has been involved in the progressive governance movement from the outset – here he gives an interview to policy network. 

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PGC blog – Think big and be bold, by Paul Hofheinz

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 27, 2009

Progressive leaders meet in Valparaiso, Chile in an edgy mood, and it isn’t hard to see why. Many of them – like Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner, Brazil’s Luiz Lula da Silva, Britain’s Gordon Brown and Chile’s Michelle Bachelet – find themselves in power at a moment when the too-easily-accepted shibboleths of the past no longer provide the solutions for the future. But as speakers told us at this morning’s session, the challenge also poses a huge opportunity. It’s a chance to demonstrate the traditional strengths of the progressive movement: economic competence, political imagination and a commitment to social justice that resonates with voters. And a possibility to define a new narrative for 21st century politics – one which could give progressives a new lease on life and usher in an unprecedented period of prosperity in the countries they lead.

What then should progressives do?

1) Think big and be bold. Tony Blair told us that seven years ago, and it is still a fundamental truth. The world is facing unprecedented challenges. The solution does not lie in pursuing what is politically obvious, but in imagining what is practically needed.

2) Put people first. In an era of knowledge, investment in education gives us jobs, innovation and social inclusion, as Sweden’s Mona Sahlin reminded us. We must redouble our efforts in this area, making our societies into centres of learning and opportunity.

3) Attack the problems, not the symptoms. USA’s Robert Reich put it well: structural imbalance got us in this crisis; and only reforms in this area will get us out. For the USA, this means a focus on addressing excess wage inequality to raise aggregate demand.

4) Give us a Doha deal. We must act decisively to stop economic nationalism, which threatens to overwhelm us all. We need to show markets we can still deliver important fundamentals.

The meeting continues tomorrow.

Paul Hofheinz is president of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank

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