Te “Demographic Change and Progressive Poliical Sraegy” series o papers is a join projec organizedunder he auspices o he Global Progress and Progressive Sudies programs and he Cener or AmericanProgress. Te research projec was launched ollowing he inaugural Global Progress conerence held inOcober 2009 in Madrid, Spain.Te preparaory paper or ha conerence, “Te European Paradox ,” sough o analyze why he orunes o European progressive paries had declined ollowing he previous auumn’s sudden nancial collapse andhe global economic recession ha ensued. Te saring premise was ha progressives should, in principle,have had wo srenghs going or hem:
Modernizing rends were shiing he demographic errain in heir poliical avor.
Te inellecual and policy bankrupcy o conservaism, which had now proven isel devoid o creaiveideas o how o shape he global economic sysem or he common good.Despie hese laen advanages, we surmised ha progressives in Europe were sruggling or hree pri-mary reasons. Firs, i was increasingly hard o diereniae hemselves rom conservaive opponens whoseemed o be wholehearedly adoping social democraic policies and language in response o he eco-nomic crisis. Second, he nominally progressive majoriy wihin heir elecorae was being spli beweencompeing progressive movemens. Tird, heir radiional working-class base was increasingly beingseduced by a poliics o ideniy raher han economic argumens.In response, we argued ha i progressives could dene heir long-erm economic agenda more clearly—and hus diereniae hemselves rom conservaives—as well as esablish broader and more inclusiveelecoral coaliions, and organize more eecively among heir core consiuencies o convey heir mes-sage, hen hey should be able o resolve his paradox.Te research papers in his series each evaluae hese demographic and ideological rends in greaernaional deail and presen ideas or how progressives migh shape a more eecive poliical sraegy.We are graeul o he Friedrich-Eber-Siung or heir suppor o his projec.Mat Browne, John Halpin, and Ruy eixeira