Publications Archive

The Irish General Election of 2016

Theresa Reidy (June 2016): It took ten weeks for a government to be formed after the February general election in the Republic of Ireland. Eventually Fine Gael is leading the new minority government and is supported in office by nine non-party politicians. Everything about the new political set up in the Irish government is unusual - no political party emerged as the clear ‘winner’ of the election.

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Social Europe - Breakthrough or Breakup?

Reiner Hoffmann (June 2016): The EU is facing the most severe crisis of credibility and legitimacy in its history. The crisis in the financial sector and the economy is far from over. The reason for this lies, inter alia, with the false prescription of austerity politics to foster economic recovery. Not least the federal German government has contributed to turning the economic crisis for broad swaths of Europe into a full-blown social crisis.

In his report, Reiner Hoffman argues that if Europe wants to regain the trust of its citizens, then Brussels must finally put the primacy of politics above that of the market and shift social cohesion and social democracy to the centre of its policy-making.

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A Unique Contribution

Nick Donovan (June 2016): The Panama Papers have put questions of wealth, tax and inequality right back at the top of the political agenda. In ‘A Unique Contribution’, Nick Donovan calls for a one-off levy on the passive worldwide wealth of Britain’s super-rich, which takes a more stringent approach with those who have used tax havens or domestic tax avoidance schemes.

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A Shared European Home - The European Union, Russia and the Eastern Partnership

The conflict in and around Ukraine has called into question the premises of the EU's Eastern Policy. In a new FES Perspective, eleven authors from the EU, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine advocate for a pragmatic policy of the EU vis-à-vis its eastern neighbours: The deep crisis in EU-Russia relations should not prevent Brussels from seeking cooperation in areas where mutual interests coincide. Opportunities exist in the economic sphere, in technical and scientific cooperation, in civil society exchange, and in global politics. 

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Social Democratic Values in the Digital Society

Thymian Bussemer, Christian Krell, Henning Meyer (January 2016): The Digital Revolution is reshaping our societies and the pace of change is set to accelerate even further. The world of work in particular is increasingly transformed by new technologies and continuous innovation.

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Outward to the World - How the left's foreign policy can face the future

FES London and Fabian Society (Edt., December 2015): With Russia flexing its muscles, Isis a rising threat and a refugee crisis caused by failed states and civil war, international affairs are at the top of the political agenda. But the left’s foreign policy debate has been defined more by the battles of the past than the challenges of the future.

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British-German Dialogue on Security and Defence Policy

Sarah Lain (December 2015): On 30 November 2015, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a day-long workshop aimed at bringing together leading German and British security specialists as well as members of the UK Parliament and Bundestag to discuss key aspects of European security.

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ICE and Voice 10 years on - The Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations in the UK and Europe

Joe Dromey (November 2015): Both voice and consultation have been shown to be linked to numerous positive outcomes for employees as well as employers, according to the recently published report “ICE and Voice 10 years on” by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). The publication focuses on the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations, deriving from an EU-directive introduced in the UK in April 2005. 

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Who's breadwinning in Europe? A comparative Analysis of Maternal Breadwinning in Great Britain and Germany

Giselle Cory and Alfie Stirling (October 2015): Traditional ideas of gender roles and the labour market participation of women have been changing in the last decades. Moreover, trends in earnings and living costs have necessitated dual-earning in couple households. In fact, 31.4 per cent of mothers in working families across Europe are breadwinners, earning more than 50 per cent of a family’s income, as this new report by FES London and IPPR shows. However, different attitudes in family and public policies result in varying characteristics, opportunities and challenges. Policies in both countries need to keep up with these changing family structures and ensure that all families are supported to balance work and care.

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Tax for our Times: How the Left can reinvent taxation

Daisy-Rose Srblin (Edt., July 2015): This collection of essays, published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Fabian Society, explores how the left can reimagine a tax system for modern times, more progressive, more transparent and more efficient, and helps to shape a fairer society and a more productive economy.

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Progressive Politics and the Question of English Votes for English Laws

Colin Miller (June 2015): The question of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) presents progressives with political and constitutional challenges. This paper, published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Compass, is based on consultation with MPs and constitutional experts.

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Wage-led Growth

Engelbert Stockhammer (April 2015): Wage-led growth is an equitable strategy for recovery that realises that wage growth can support demand via consumption expenditures and it can also induce higher productivity growth. The Research Essay provides an overview of the concept of wage-led growth, both as an analytical concept and as an economic policy strategy.

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A Force for Fairness? What could the European Union do to combat economic inequality?

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and High Pay Centre (April 2015): Most British workers underestimate the importance of the European Union in guaranteeing many of their key rights at work shows a new research published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the High Pay Centre think-tank.

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Understanding Pegida in Context

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Social Europe Journal (Edt., March 2015): The Pegida demonstrations that took place in Dresden and some other big German cities have attracted a significant amount of attention in the media across Europe and beyond. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Social Europe organised a joint project to analyse the Pegida phenomenon and its context.

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More Union in European Defence

Steven Blockmans, Giovanni Faleg (February 2015): The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) have the pleasure of presenting their new report "More Union in European Defence" (February 2015). ...

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Pegida & Co. - The rise and fall of a populist enterprise

Dieter Rucht (March 2015): After appearing as if out of thin air in Dresden on 13 October 2014, the protest movement Pegida soon spread to several other cities in Germany and abroad, growing larger by the week and sparking an overwhelming amount of media interest. ...

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Welche Wahl hat Großbritannien?

Ulrich Storck (January 2015): The outcome of the upcoming general election in May is anything but predictable. Polls are suggesting that neither Tories nor Labour are going to win an overall majority. ...

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Inequality and Work in the Second Machine Age

Henning Meyer (December 2014): The digital revolution associated with the Second Machine Age is likely to create major public policy challenges. ... 

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The EU and the East in 2030

Scenario Group EU and East 2030 (2014): Four scenarios for relations between the EU, the Russian Federation, and their Common Neighbourhood in 2030 were developed by a multinational Scenario Group over the summer of 2014. ...

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Building the Good Society in Thailand: Resolving transformation conflict through inclusive compromise

Marc Saxer (October 2014): To overcome the transformation crisis, Thailand’s political, economic, social and cultural order needs to be adapted to cope with the complexity, diversity and permanent conflict of a pluralist society. ...

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TTIP: Can the Planned Agreement Deliver on Its Promises?

Markus Schreyer (November 2014): The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated between the EU and the United States is a matter of political and public controversy. ...

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TTIP – The Growth and Employment Engine that Couldn’t

Sabine Stephan (November 2014): It is often argued that the transatlantic free trade agreement will open up substantial growth and employment opportunities to the participating countries. ...

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Fair Mobility in Europe

László Andor (January 2015): In this new paper, published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Social Europe Journal (SEJ), former EU Commissioner László Andor examines the discussion about mobility within the European Union with a specific focus on the United Kingdom.

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Inequality and Financialisation: A dangerous mix

Alice Martin, Helen Kersley, Tony Greenham (December 2014): The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the New Economics Foundation have launched a new report on financialisation and its impacts on inequality.

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Public Capital in the 21st Century

Giacomo Corneo (November 2014): The increase of income and wealth concentration threatens the European project of a good society. In his essay, Corneo argues that capital taxation alone cannot stop this process, but a combination of moderately higher capital taxes and a novel role of public capital will do. ...

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Convergence in Crisis – European Integration in Jeopardy

Michael Dauberstädt (October 2014): EU discourse these days tend to conceive of convergence in terms of the Maastricht criteria. By contrast, this volume concentrates on the alignment of economies in terms of economic growth, income and social conditions. ...

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Semi-Sovereign Welfare States, Social Rights of EU Migrant Citizens and the Need for Strong State Capacities

Cecilia Bruzelius, Elaine Chase and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser (December 2014): National welfare states within the European Union have become semi-sovereign and can no longer limit benefits and services to national citizens...

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A Convenient Truth: A Better Society for us and the Planet

Richard Wilkinson, Kate Pickett (September 2014): The speed and magnitude of rising social inequality has reached new dimensions. The quality of life for the vast majority of people is declining whilst the few accumulate riches. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is not only committed to addressing the issue in order to remind us of the negative impact inequality has...

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Common rights in a single market? The EU and rights at work in the UK

Joe Dromey (September 2014): There has been growing debate about Britain's membership of the European Union in recent years. For those who would repatriate powers from the EU, one of the main focuses of disconent is the influence it has over employment regulation in the UK... 

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Addressing economic inequality at root

FES London and NEF (July 2014): The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) launched a new report on tackling inequality and the living standards crisis at root. The public and politicians are waking up to the corrosive effect of vast income and wealth divides on society, economy and democracy. The question is, what policies can break the spell?

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