Gene Sperling, author of The Pro-Growth Progressive: A Strategy  for Shared Prosperity (Simon & Schuster), served as President Clinton’s National Economic Advisor and as head of the National Economic Council from 1997-2001. Since then, he has worked on a variety of economic and international issues in several capacities: Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Council on Foreign Relations; columnist and commentator for Bloomberg News; a frequent contributor on CNN and NPR, and a guest on ‘Meet the Press,’ ‘Face the Nation’ and ‘Nightline.’ He also served as a contributing writer and consultant on the television series ‘The West Wing.’

In The Pro-Growth Progressive he argues for policies that promote the progressive values of upward mobility and economic dignity, while embracing markets, innovation and economic growth. He covers issues as varied as paid family leave, Social Security reform, and increasing globalization.

“The fact is,” Sperling writes, “that traditional divides in American politics are increasingly ill suited to a serious inquiry about how we grow together in a dynamic global economy. . . . Those on the right who believe that less government will always lead to more robust economic growth may find themselves out of step with the growing imperative for public policies to help workers adjust to the uncertainties of the global market and ensure that growth is fair and consistent with our values. Those on the left whose legitimate concern about protecting hardworking families leads them to call for limiting the pace of change may find themselves trying to hold back the inevitable global competition and innovation that are critical to sparking the next burst of high-paying jobs and wealth in our economy.”

jydstie.pbGene Sperling was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by John Ydstie, economics correspondent and host on National Public Radio’s News Programs. Ydstie became the economics correspondent for National Public Radio in 1988, covering the national economy, Wall Street and the federal budget.

As NPR’s London bureau chief, in 1991 and 1992, he traveled throughout Europe, covering, among other things, the breakup of the Soviet Union and attempts to move Europe toward closer political and economic union. He has accompanied U. S. businessmen exploring investment opportunities in Russia. He was on the scene in the Netherlands when European leaders approved the Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union. He is now a regular guest host on all of NPR’s news programs.