Professor Peter Davis will present a seminar asking what does social democracy have to offer in addressing our current discontents (loss of sovereignty, emigration of some of our best and brightest, commodity-dependent standard of living, structural deficit, inability to retain our key assets, solidifying underclass)?
Kiwi social democracy in the 2000’s produced some “big ideas” – Working For Families, Early Childhood Education, New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Kiwisaver, tax credits for R&D.
Internationally the Nordic model of social democracy is attractive – open and competitive economies, active labour market policy, enabling State, solid social underpinning.
But there are plenty more ideas – from across the Tasman, from the OECD and (yes!) Davos, and from the UK Fabians. These provide a strong platform for a social democratic agenda.
This free Auckland seminar is on Monday 1 October at 6.30pm in Case Room 3, Level 0, Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland Business School, and you can register here.