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From Welfare State to Opportunity State

From Welfare State to Opportunity State

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A series of reports about the progressives response to demographic change throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States.
A series of reports about the progressives response to demographic change throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Apr 06, 2011
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From Welfare State toOpportunity State
How Progressives Should Respond to Demographic Change
Matt Browne, John Halpin, and Ruy Teixeira April 2011
Te “Demographic Change and Progressive Poliical Sraegy” series o papers is a join projec organizedunder he auspices o he Global Progress and Progressive Sudies programs and he Cener or AmericanProgress. Te research projec was launched ollowing he inaugural Global Progress conerence held inOcober 2009 in Madrid, Spain.Te preparaory paper or ha conerence, “Te European Paradox ,” sough o analyze why he orunes o European progressive paries had declined ollowing he previous auumn’s sudden nancial collapse andhe global economic recession ha ensued. Te saring premise was ha progressives should, in principle,have had wo srenghs going or hem:
Modernizing rends were shiing he demographic errain in heir poliical avor.
Te inellecual and policy bankrupcy o conservaism, which had now proven isel devoid o creaiveideas o how o shape he global economic sysem or he common good.Despie hese laen advanages, we surmised ha progressives in Europe were sruggling or hree pri-mary reasons. Firs, i was increasingly hard o diereniae hemselves rom conservaive opponens whoseemed o be wholehearedly adoping social democraic policies and language in response o he eco-nomic crisis. Second, he nominally progressive majoriy wihin heir elecorae was being spli beweencompeing progressive movemens. Tird, heir radiional working-class base was increasingly beingseduced by a poliics o ideniy raher han economic argumens.In response, we argued ha i progressives could dene heir long-erm economic agenda more clearly—and hus diereniae hemselves rom conservaives—as well as esablish broader and more inclusiveelecoral coaliions, and organize more eecively among heir core consiuencies o convey heir mes-sage, hen hey should be able o resolve his paradox.Te research papers in his series each evaluae hese demographic and ideological rends in greaernaional deail and presen ideas or how progressives migh shape a more eecive poliical sraegy.We are graeul o he Friedrich-Eber-Siung or heir suppor o his projec.Mat Browne, John Halpin, and Ruy eixeira

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