The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe

The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe

By: Michael Keating (editor), David McCrone (editor), Keating Keating (contributor), Crouch Crouch (contributor), Yves Meny (contributor), David Heald (contributor), David McCrone (contributor), Henry Milner (contributor), Ulrich Hilpert (contributor), Susi Meret (contributor)Paperback

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Is social democracy in a terminal condition in Europe? Social democracy is in office almost nowhere in Europe and seems to be out of ideas in the face of the economic crisis that might have given it a historic opportunity. While accepting the truth of this, this volume takes a stand again those who claim that social democracy is dead. By arguing that social democracy is not a single set of ideas or practices but a way of reconciling market capitalism with social inclusion and equality, the contributors show that it has actually been remarkably successful during the 20th century. Its key principles are still relevant but must be adapted to new conditions. In this book, Keating and McCrone examine the fortunes of social democracy in western and east central Europe and the policy challenges in economic policy, labour markets, social welfare, public services, integration and decentralisation.

About Author

Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. David McCrone is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.


Preface; 1. The Crisis of Social Democracy, Michael Keating and David McCrone; 2. The Long Depression, the Great Crash and Socialism in Western Europe, Donald Sassoon; 3. Social Democracy in Crisis: outlining the trends in Western Europe, David McCrone and Michael Keating; 4. The Positions and Fortunes of Social Democratic Parties in East Central Europe, Milada Anna Vachudova; 5. Rethinking Public Expenditure from a Social Democratic Perspective, David Heald; 6. Social Democracy in Crisis? What Crisis?, Bo Rothstein and Sven Steinmo; 7. Do the Fading Electoral Fortunes of the Swedish Social Democrats Signal the Erosion of Swedish Social Democracy?, Henry Milner; 8. Multiculturalism, Right Wing Populism and the Crisis of Social Democracy, Susi Meret and Birte Siim; 9. Labour Markets, Welfare States and the Contemporary Dilemmas of European Social Democracy, Martin Rhodes; 10. Class Politics and the Social Investment Welfare State, Colin Crouch; 11. Labour, Skills and Education in Modern Socio economic Development: Can There be a Social Democratic Economic and Industrial Policy in a Globalised Economy?, Ulrich Hilpert and Desmond Hickie; 12. From Single Market to Social Market Economy: Is There Room for Solidarity? Yves Meny; 13. Social Democracy and Security, Neil Walker; 14. Multilevel Social Democracy: Centralisation and Decentralisation, Michael Keating; Conclusion, Michael Keating and David McCrone; Bibliography.

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  • ISBN13: 9781474403030
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781474403030
  • weight: 435
  • ISBN10: 1474403034

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