Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Meetings Rethink Modern Progressive Policy

September 28, 2010

The Watson Institute and its distinguished visitors continue a global dialogue on progressive policy this week 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 Brown community is invited to attend any or all of the 1-1/2 days of panel discussions on Wednesday and Thursday in the Joukowsky Forum.

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.”