In the Pandemic's Wake: Rethinking the future of progressive politics

Global Progress brings together a series of articles about the challenges and opportunities for progressives published in Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.

"Progressives around the world are asking what lessons can be taken from Joe Biden’s presidential victory as they look to push back against populism and nationalism and set out an agenda to recover and rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic."

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In the Pandemic's Wake: Rethinking the future of progressive politics is a new collection of essays brought together from across the world by Global Progress.


Matt Browne is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and director of Global Progress, where he works on building trans-Atlantic and global progressive networks. He also leads American Progress’ work on populism. Over the last three decades, Browne has worked closely with a host of progressive leaders, prime ministers, and presidents across the globe, as well as with international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union, and the World Trade Organization.

Alexandra Schmitt is a policy analyst on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center. She previously worked on U.S. foreign policy advocacy at Human Rights Watch and received her Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Nick Dyrenfurth is the executive director of the John Curtin Research Centre (JCRC). A former academic, Labor speechwriter, adviser, Dyrenfurth is the author or editor of 10 books, including Getting the Blues: the Future of Australian Labor (2019), A Little History of the Australian Labor Party (2011, with Frank Bongiorno), Mateship: A Very Australian History (2015), and A Powerful Influence on Australian Affairs: A New History of the AWU (2017). He is a leading commentator in the Australian and international media.

Don Guy is chief strategist at Canada’s Pollara Strategic Insights and a longtime vice president at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. He has designed come-from-behind election victories for a host of progressive parties and candidates at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. In 2015, Guy led the Engage Canada campaign that provoked Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s early, extended election call that led to his defeat.

Bruno Jeanbart is the deputy managing director at OpinionWay, where he is in charge of political research. He graduated from Sciences Po and has a master’s in sociology from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. He started his career conducting research at IFOP. He then became director and later deputy managing director of political studies at OpinionWay. He developed the study of online opinion and made OpinionWay a pioneer institute on the subject.

Dávid Dorosz is the deputy mayor of Budapest for Climate and Development. Besides graduating with a J.D., he studied international relations and holds an MBA. He was a founding member of Hungary’s first green party and served as a member of Parliament for four years (2010–2014). Later, Dorosz moved to the IT sector and started his own business. In 2019, as campaign chairman, he led Gergely Karácsony’s winning campaign for mayor of Budapest.

Krisztina Hegedűs is an EU expert working for the delegation of the Democratic Coalition in the European Parliament since 2014. Her main field of expertise is fundamental rights, justice, and home affairs. Before joining the delegation, she worked in the Cabinet of Commissioner László Andor in the European Commission. 

Dániel Prinz is an economic policy advisor for Momentum Movement in Hungary. An economist, he has worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research and as a consultant at the World Bank, and he is currently a contributing writer at He completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University and is finishing his Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Dániel Róna, Ph.D., is a political analyst. He is an assistant professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Political Science. His research focus is on political sociology, public opinion polling, far-right parties, and xenophobic attitudes. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Berkeley, California in 2018. He has worked as a pollster and advisor for the Momentum Movement party since 2018 and worked for Gergely Karácsony at the 2019 Budapest local election. He is the founder of 21 Research Center, a think tank in Budapest.

László Sebián-Petrovszki is a former staff member and undersecretary of state of Hungarian leftist prime ministers between 2004 and 2010. Since 2014, he has been the party director of the Democratic Coalition party, responsible for finances, database, organizing fieldwork and campaign operations. He studied in the United States as a fellowship member of the German Marshall Fund. In 2019 became an MP of the parliamentary group of Democratic Coalition. 

Hans Anker is a pollster and strategist and CEO of Epiphaneia, a political research firm. He has conducted message development for progressive leaders and causes in more than 50 countries across five continents. Anker, a Dutch national, currently resides in The Hague, Netherlands, after a 13-year stint in Washington, D.C., and New York. He received his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam. Anker has written extensively for both academic and nonacademic audiences.

Konrad Gołota is an adviser in Central and Eastern Europe in the Party of European Socialists, responsible for the effective cooperation with social democratic, socialist, and progressive parties in 11 countries. He holds an MA of political science from Warsaw University. In the past, he has served as international secretary and been a member of the executive committee of SLD Poland. Golota is an expert on political and social relations in the contemporary world, specializing in the Central and Eastern European region.

Adam Traczyk is a foreign policy analyst, former advisor to Robert Biedroń, and the co-founder and director (from 2015 to 2020) of Global.Lab, a progressive foreign policy think tank based in Warsaw. He is also the co-founder of the Academy for Social Democracy in Poland and served as the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s Ph.D. fellow. He graduated from the International Parliamentary Scholarships of the German Bundestag and was a fellow of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Transatlantic Media Program. He is a frequent contributor to diverse media outlets.

Marcus Roberts is the Director of International Projects at YouGov. He previously worked for the Labour Party in the UK and the Democratic Party in the United States as well as for a number of think tanks and campaign groups across Europe and America. He writes in a personal capacity.

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