Journal for a Progressive Economy : The Sustainable Shift - Beyond Buzzwords - A Matter of Survival.

Since the financial crisis we have had to continually challenge the failing austerity policies from the centre-right, and this has been the main focus of the Progressive Economy initiative. The devastating consequences of austerity and structural reform are becoming ever more apparent; with unacceptable levels of unemployment across Europe, especially among young people, as well as unprecedented levels of inequality.

The 2015 edition of the Independent Annual Growth Survey showed that inequality in Europe has risen to the same levels as found in the US. Therefore the Progressive Economy initiative will continue to build on its focus on the social dimension of the economy.

The financial crisis has diverted attention away from the multitude of environmental challenges we face, making the measures we need to take to achieve a low carbon economy seem far from reach. It is our duty as progressives to reclaim the arguments for sustainability, and show how environmental, as well as social, aspects are central to our progressive vision for Europe’s economy. In focusing on the interplay between
these issues we want to promote new progressive ideas in all of these fields.

This edition of the Journal has been edited by Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, Vice President of the S&D Group for Sustainability. Kathleen has written her own contribution and chosen a selection of experts from academia, journalism, business and European and national politics which should spark debate and bring new ideas to the table.

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Published: 05/05/2015

Journal for a Progressive Economy : The Sustainable Shift - Beyond Buzzwords - A Matter of Survival

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