Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

The Next Left: Globalized Social Democracy in the North and South

Wednesday, September 29 –
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Joukowsky Forum

The Watson Institute and its distinguished visitors continue a global dialogue on progressive policy this semester with a workshop on “The Next Left: Globalized Social Democracy in the North and South.” The workshop will be chaired jointly by former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, a Brown professor at large, and former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer, a Watson Institute visiting professor and leading figure in the Socialist International.

The gathering will explore how states, parties, and publics might more effectively extend solidarity, democracy, equality, and peace in the face of both fundamental global transformations and more immediate crises. Lagos and Gusenbauer will, in particular, seek to stimulate comparative lessons and research questions across Europe and Latin America.

The workshop follows from last spring’s talk titled “What Next Left? The Implications for the World of the European-Wide Debate on Social Democracy's Renewal” http://www.watsoninstitute.org/events_detail.cfm?id=1514.

Location: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

Conference Schedule:

The Next Left: Globalized Social Democracy in the North and South

Wednesday, September 29

12:30-2:00:  

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NEXT LEFT AND GLOBALIZED SOCIAL DEMOCRACY
Moderator: Michael Kennedy
Panelists: Alfred Gusenbauer, Ricardo Lagos, Ania Skrzypek

2:00: Break

2:30-4:30: 

POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC STRATEGIES OF THE NEXT LEFT
Moderator: Jose Itzighson

What are the most compelling economic strategies for the next left in Chile and Latin America?
Panelist: Oscar Landerretche
Comments: Barbara Stallings

What are the most compelling political strategies for the next left in Europe?
Panelist: Catherine de Vries
Comments: Richard Snyder

4:30: Reception


Thursday, September 30

9:00-11:00: 

IDENTITIES AND REPRESENTATION
Moderator: Marilyn Rueschemeyer

What political passions mobilize the right and the left?
Panelist: David Ost
Comments: Gianpaolo Baiocchi

How do new identities fit with the next left?
Panelist: Jose Antonio Lucero
Comments: Anthony Bogues

11:30-1:00: Lunch

1:00-3:00: 

GLOBALIZATION AND THE NEXT LEFT
Moderator: Linda Cook

Does globalization constrain or empower the next left?
Panelist: Peter Evans
Comments: Patrick Heller, Andrew Schrank 

Does globalization constrain or empower the next left?
Panelist: John Stephens
Comments: Mark Blyth

3:00:  Break

3:30-5:00: 

SUMMING IT UP: ANTICIPATING THE NEXT LEFT IN NORTH AND SOUTH
Moderator: Michael Kennedy
Panelists: Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Alfred Gusenbauer and Ricardo Lagos

5:00: Reception