Links to social democratic and progressive think tanks

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Andreas G. Papandreou Foundation is a non-profit think tank founded in 1996 in memory of the founder of the Greek Social Democratic Party PASOK.

Arbetarrörelsens Tankesmedja is the Swedish Labour Movement’s think tank, that through articles, reports and seminars advance the discussion on the labour movements tasks and challenges in a changing society.

Arenagruppen is an independent, radical and progressive think tank in Sweden that promotes social debate focused on the future through it’s publications and seminars.

Catalyst is an independent organisation in the UK that seeks to promote a economic and social debate that is radical and modern, but connected to everyday life.

Cevea is a progressive centre-left think tank fighting for open, binding and liberating communities. The think tank aims to contribute to the renewal of the battle of ideas in Denmark and fuel the fire of idealism.

Class, the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, is a think tank established in 2012 to act as a centre for left debate and discussion in the UK.

Compass is a Brittish pressure group, whose aimis to discuss and develop ideas for a equal and democratic world, and to campaign for it to become reality.

The Fabian Society is a think thank affiliated with the British Labour Party. Lots of ideological debate on issues which are important to Social Democrats.

Fafo is a trade union -founded research institute that studies work life, welfare policy and living conditions in Norway and internationally.

For velfersstaten is an norwegian think tank founded by trade unions, consumer organisations and other interest groups to strenghten the fight agaist inequality and for a strong public sector.

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies FEPS is European progressive political foundation close to the Party of European Socialists (PES). The FEPS establishes an intellectual crossroads between social democracy and the European project and works to tackle the challenges that Europe is facing today. The Kalevi Sorsa Foundation is a member of FEPS.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) of Germany is a private, non-profit organisation for policy research, education and international work committed to the principles and values of social democracy.

The FES Stockholm office was established in 2006 to enhance the exchange of ideas between German and Nordic decision makers on common challenges in welfare state and social reform, economic and foreign affairs.

The Italian leftist Gramsci Foundation supports mainly historical research on socio-cultural, economic and political globalisation and European integration.

The Institute for Public Policy Research, IPPR is one of the UK’s leading progressive think thanks.

Italianieuropei is a Italian foundation founded by socialists Massimo d’Alema and Giuliano Amato to promote the europeanisation of Italy.

The Jean Jaurès Foundation is a French think tank on the left. Debates and publications on French society and politics.

The Labour Institute for Economic Research is a independent and non-profit research institute in Finland that carries out economic research, monitors economic development and publishes macroeconomic forecasts.

New Economic Foundation is an independent ”think-and-do tank”, that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.

New Local Government Network, a non-profit making, independent think thank, that seeks to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.

The Pablo Iglesias Foundation is the Spanish Socialist Party’s foundation. Promotes socialist thinking and maintains a historical archive.


The Policy Network is an international think thank established in 2000. Founding fathers were Tony Blair, Gerhard Schröder, Giuliano Amato and Göran Persson. The Policy Network is part of the Progessive Governance Process, started by Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. The aim of the Progressive Governance Process is to form a international forum for the centre-left, where European social democrats and American democrats can meet and discuss.

Progress – Labour’s Progressives is the independent organisation for Labour party members and trade unionists.

The Progressive Policy Institute is a third way american think tank, whose aim is to define and promote new progressive policies for the 21st Century.

The Renner Institute is the Austrian Social Democrat’s political academy and think tank.

Res Publika is a think thank close to the Norwegian trade unions, which aims at promoting debate about Norways choices, especially in relation to growth, redistribution and security.

The Social Market Foundation is an independent think thank, that explores ideas that link the state and the market to create the just, free and prosperous Britain of tomorrow.

The Wiardi Beckman Foundation is the Dutch Labour Party’s research and development institute.