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Video – Robert Reich

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on April 1, 2009

Robert Reich is professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He gave a strong speech in the opening session on progressive politics after the financial crisis – here he gives an interview to policy network.

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Video – James Purnell

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on April 1, 2009

James Purnell is the UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – here he talks to Policy Network about the Progressive Governance Conference in Chile 2009.

At the conference he addressed the plenary session on progressive politics after the financial crisis. His speech is available to read here.

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Video – Frans Timmermans

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 31, 2009

Frans Timmermans (Netherlands) is Dutch minister for European affairs and member of parliament for the Labour Party.  He gave a stimulating speech to the first session of the conference – progressive politics after the financial crisis.  Here he gives an interview to policy network…

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Video – Liddle, Radice and Cramme

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 30, 2009

Roger Liddle, Giles Radice and Olaf Cramme talk about their experiences at the Progressive Governance Conference in Chile.

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Video – Nick Rowley

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 30, 2009

Nick is Director of Kinesis and a former adviser to Tony Blair on climate change.

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What is on this website….

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 30, 2009

This site was mainly produced live during the Progressive Governance Conference and Summit in Vina del Mar, Chile on 26th-29th March 2009.  The intention was to allow people to follow the conference who could not be there – a small team produced dozens of web posts and videos.  The site now serves as a record of discussion and thinking at the Conference.

To help you find things there is a contents page here.

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Video – Simon Rosenberg

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 29, 2009

Simon Rosenberg, President of the New Democratic Network in Washington, talks to Policy Network at the Progressive Governance Conference in Chile.

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PGC blog – Divided history, shared futures

Posted by progressivegovernance09 on March 29, 2009

Have you been an activist in the solidarity movement for Chile in the 70´s? If so, you have a reasonable chance of becoming a prime minister in a European country in the near future. Both Gordon Brown and Jens Stoltenberg revealed yesterday, at the leaders session,  that they had been members of the Chilean solidarity commitee in their home towns of Oslo and Edinburgh.

Today they are both participating in a round table debate with President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, President Lula Da Silva of Brazil, Prime Minister Zapatero of Spain, President Fernandez of Argentina and President Vazquez of Uruguay to discuss a progressive response to the global crisis.

The great irony of history maybe that in the nineties a number of Latin American countries were struck by a financial crisis, each victums of a harsh neo-liberal deregulation and privatisation programme. Yet, in recent years, under the leadership of progressive presidents Bachelet, Lula, Vazquez, and Fernandez, they have embarked on a path of economic growth, social equality, and democracy.

Now as the neo-liberal model has imploded the economies of the rich countries, Latin America again suffers both directly and indirectly from the effects.

As President Lula said; when I was in the Brazilian labour movement I knew who to blame for a crisis. When I was in opposition, it was so easy to place the blame on the government. But, now in office, I can only blame the US and Europe……yet this does not solve the problem, we will have to find a common solution.

What is needed for recovery, is to start with, that the rich countries restore their financial engines and stimulate consumer demand at home, but also, importantly, to provide credit for international trade.

This is the key challenge emerging from the conference and summit in Chile: will a shared progressive agenda between north and south lead the way out of the crisis?

 Frans Becker and René Cuperus, Wiardi Beckman Foundation, Amsterdam

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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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