Policy Network

Policy Network
Policy Network Logo.png
Type Think tank
Headquarters Westminster, London, England
Lord Mandelson
Lord Liddle, Patrick Diamond
Website www.policynetwork.org

Policy Network is an international progressive think tank based in London. The President of Policy Network is former UK First Secretary of State and EU Trade Commissioner Lord Mandelson; Lord Liddle (former Special Adviser to President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso) is Chairperson.[1]

Policy Network seeks to promote strategic thinking on progressive solutions to the challenges of the 21st century and the future of social democracy. It organises debates and conducts research on policy and political challenges.

Policy Network's work has been featured in media outlets such as The Economist,[2][3] the Financial Times,[4][5][6] the BBC,[7][8][9][10] The Guardian,[11][12] The Telegraph,[13] Le Monde,[14] Die Zeit,[15] the Chicago Tribune,[16] and The Huffington Post.[17][18]

In May 2021, Policy Network merged with Progress to form Progressive Britain.[19]


Policy Network's website hosts the Policy Network Observatory, a forum for ideas and policy debate. The Policy Network Observatory also hosts a monthly insight bulletin, The State of the Left, which includes insider analyses of the political climate in a number of countries around the world. In 2010 Policy Network launched its opinion poll tracker, which tracks the fortunes of Europe's social democratic parties on a cross-comparative basis. Many articles on the Policy Network Observatory have been re-published by the New Statesman and The Guardian and some are also translated into French at Toute L’Europe and Spanish at Agenda Pública and promoted by Policy Network's partner organisations in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, and Italy. Significant figures who have contributed commissioned articles for the Policy Network Observatory include: Enrico Letta, Lodewijk Asscher, Thomas Piketty, Jason Furman, Sir Julian Priestley, Andrew Duff, Richard Corbett, Andrés Velasco, Lawrence Summers, David Held, Lord Mandelson, Pascal Lamy, Jacob Hacker, Lord Giddens, Michael Lind, Colin Crouch, Elaine Byrne, John Kay, Andrew Gamble, Sir Paul Collier, James K. Galbraith, and Mariana Mazzucato.[20]

Current work programmes

Under conditions of globalisation and European integration, the distinction between national and international problems has become increasingly blurred. Understanding the relationship between the domestic and the international informs Policy Network's work across three areas:

  • The renewal of social democracy
  • Europe's economic and social models
  • The politics of multi-level governance and institutional reform

Specific topics include: welfare state and labour market reform, globalisation, European Union, economic governance, industrial policy, climate change and energy, and migration and integration.

Current or recent projects include economic and public service reform; migration, integration and political trust; and the future of the post-financial crisis global economy.

Progressive Governance Network

World leaders attending the Progressive Governance Conference 2009 in Chile

The Progressive Governance Network, for which Policy Network acts as the secretariat, brings together progressive heads of state, government ministers, politicians and intellectuals from across the world to address the challenges of globalization. The network's stated goal is to enhance co-operation and links between key progressive policymakers and academics as well as to provide a meeting place for exchanging concrete policies and practices. The Progressive Governance Network was launched in 1999 by U.S. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Wim Kok, and Prime Minister of Italy Massimo D'Alema.

Since its formation in 1999, Progressive Governance conferences have been held in Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Norway and Sweden. These conferences have often been hosted by incumbent heads of state including; Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet in 2009; UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown in 2010; Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg in 2011, and Irish Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore in 2012. Participants have included Brazilian presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva; U.S. Vice President Joe Biden; Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy; and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The 2013 Progressive Governance conference was hosted by the Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt in Copenhagen in April 2013.[21]

Board members


Peter Mandelson, Baron Mandelson: Former UK first secretary of state, business secretary and EU Trade commissioner




Partner think tanks


Policy Network has been given a C grade for funding transparency by Who Funds You?[22]

Policy Network discloses the identities of its funders on its website, but does not reveal how much money each funder provided. According to its website: "In 2016, Policy Network received core funding from Lord Sainsbury of Turville. In addition, support for specific projects was received from the Barrow Cadbury Fund; European Commission; Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES); RSPB; Nissan Europe; Aberdeen Asset Management; Bertelsmann Stiftung and Foundation of European Progressive Studies (Feps). Event sponsorship was also received from E!Sharp; Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; TechUK; Deutsche Börse and Gatsby."[23]

See also


  1. ^ "People". Policy Network. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  2. ^ "Migration after the crash". The Economist. 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  3. ^ "Britain and the EU". The Economist. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  4. ^ "Spend and borrow will not save the left". Financial Times. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  5. ^ "Leaders who generate diminishing returns". Financial Times. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  6. ^ "Immigration: tensions unveiled". Financial Times. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  7. ^ "Newsnight". BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  8. ^ "The Politics Show". BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  9. ^ "The Today Programme". BBC. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  10. ^ "The Westminster Hour". BBC. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  11. ^ Mazzucato, Mariana (2012-06-24). "Banks must learn to reward the good risks". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  12. ^ McFadden, Pat (2012-05-20). "Help Britain do what it does best: Make stuff". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  13. ^ "Labour's secret army has turned on Ed Balls. Vive la résistance!". London: The Telegraph. 2011-12-02. Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  14. ^ "Une nouvelle voie sociale-démocrate s'esquisse-t-elle en Angleterre?". Le Monde. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  15. ^ "Ed Miliband kann seine Partei nicht retten". Die Zeit. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  16. ^ "Europe's center left defends welfare amid austerity". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-12.
  17. ^ "In the Media Us". Policy Network. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  18. ^ "Eurozone Crisis: Cameron's Gambit May Fail, Leaving Britain Isolated". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  19. ^ "Home". Progressive Britain.
  20. ^ "Policy Network Observatory". Policy Network. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  21. ^ "Events". Policy Network. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
  22. ^ "Policy Network | Who Funds You?". whofundsyou.org. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  23. ^ "About Policy Network", Policy Network website https://web.archive.org/web/20170228141314/http://www.policy-network.net/content/342/about%20us (accessed 28 Feb 2017)