Archives for January 7th, 2002

PROGRESSIVE POLITICS IN THE GLOBAL AGE

Book News, PublicNet: 7 January, 2002

Edited by Henry Tam, Globus Institute for Globalization and Sustainable Development, University of TilburgProgressive politics has been concerned with rolling back prejudices, improving democratic accountabilities, and promoting the common good for over a century. In recent years, however, many academics, as well as politicians, have started to call for a new way to take progressive ideas forward. In this book, Henry Tam brings together a distinguished team of social and political theorists from America and Europe to address these questions. Discussion is centred around the growth of corporate power, the alienation of citizens from political discourse, the key progressive ideals needed to guide effective reforms and possible policy options. Finally, the team argues that globalization is creating new forms of instability and injustice which can only be rectified by action across national boundaries. Together they set out how progressive politics should respond to the social, economic and environmental challenges of the global age.

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UNIVERSITY CLOSES PUBLIC SECTOR SKILLS GAP

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 January, 2002

A partnership between learning institutions in London is offering public sector workers a chance to get formal qualifications without leaving the working world behind.City University has helped develop a new work-based qualification – the foundation degree – after studies in the capital revealed a lack of skilled employees in public services management.

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PARTNERSHIP WORKS SAYS TUC

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 January, 2002

At the start of a defining year for public services, the TUC has set out its vision of what partnership means.Its report, Partnership Works, is primarily looking at the partnerships that can work for the benefit of employer and employee, and it draws on some of the ‘grown-up’ partnership agreements it hss helped shape in NHS hospitals, local government agencies, NGOs and government departments.

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