Open Left with Andrew Gamble

Book launch — Open Left: The future of progressive politics by Andrew Gamble

Event Details
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

British Academy
10-11 Carlton House Terrace

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The ten years since the financial crash have been lean years for progressive politics of all kinds. Now Brexit in the UK, Trump in the US, and the rising tide of national populism in Europe pose new dangers. Many parties of the centre-left are in retreat. Old bases of support have declined, old policies are out of touch, old assumptions no longer hold.

At the same time new thinking, new innovations, new forces are turning the world upside down. We face great dangers but also great opportunities. How should those who still want a progressive future respond?

Join Policy Network for the launch of a landmark new book, in which the distinguished academic Andrew Gamble argues that the first priority is an Open Left.

His approach suggest we must abandon the idea that one tradition of progressive thought has all the answers: that we need openness to new policy ideas, openness to learning from past mistakes and others’ experiences; that we should be prepared to listen to very different voices and very different intellectual traditions; and that we must find ways to engage with people from a wide range of communities and backgrounds.

An Open Left, Gamble will argue, also recognises we cannot retreat from the world, or ignore economic and political realities. He also explores the need for a dialogue with progressive movements from many different countries, learning from their experiences of putting progressive ideas into action. The idea of progress can still inspire change, but it needs updating.

This book, the centrepiece of Policy Network’s wider Open Left Project examining the Next Progressive Project for Britain, is a major contribution to that task.

Andrew Gamble will present his key conclusions and then a lively political panel, each coming from a different place in the progressive spectrum, will respond with plenty of time left for questions and debate.



  • Andrew Gamble, professor of politics, University of Sheffield and emeritus professor of politics, University of Cambridge
  • Alan Milburn, former chair, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission and former Labour secretary of state for health
  • Lisa Nandy MP, Labour member of parliament for Wigan
  • Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson and member of parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon