The Theory of Social Democracy

The Theory of Social Democracy
A Book

by Thomas Meyer

  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release : 2013-09-30
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0745654614
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The ascendancy of neo-liberalism in different parts of the world has put social democracy on the defensive. Its adherents lack a clear rationale for their policies. Yet a justification for social democracy is implicit in the United Nations Covenants on Human Rights, ratified by most of the worlds countries. The covenants commit all nations to guarantee that their citizens shall enjoy the traditional formal rights; but they likewise pledge governments to make those rights meaningful in the real world by providing social security and cultural recognition to every person. This new book provides a systematic defence of social democracy for our contemporary global age. The authors argue that the claims to legitimation implicit in democratic theory can be honored only by social democracy; libertarian democracies are defective in failing to protect their citizens adequately against social, economic, and environmental risks that only collective action can obviate. Ultimately, social democracy provides both a fairer and more stable social order. But can social democracy survive in a world characterized by pervasive processes of globalization? This book asserts that globalization need not undermine social democracy if it is harnessed by international associations and leavened by principles of cultural respect, toleration, and enlightenment. The structures of social democracy must, in short, be adapted to the exigencies of globalization, as has already occurred in countries with the most successful social-democratic practices.

On the Political Economy of Social Democracy

On the Political Economy of Social Democracy
Selected Papers of J.C. Weldon

by J. Weldon

  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Release : 1991-02-01
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0773562729
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Weldon's writings address many of the themes that have preoccupied Canadian political economists over the last thirty years: unemployment, wage controls, inflation, pensions, privatization and social ownership, economic planning, social policy, the means and extent of state intervention, and the rise of neo-conservatism. On the Political Economy of Social Democracy stresses Weldon's recognition of the vital connection between social democracy and political democracy. It provides a clear understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of economic and social policy -- a necessary understanding, Weldon maintained, for the success of social democratic government. Weldon's commitment to social democracy in Canada is also reflected in the role he played in the New Democratic Party, his willingness to support and assist unions, and his efforts to achieve social justice. These selected papers originally appeared between 1961 and 1986. The issues they examine are now in the forefront of economic policy debates in most industrialized nations. They will interest not only scholars but anyone interested in the fate of a democratic political philosophy that has had considerable influence in shaping Canada.

The Political Economy of European Social Democracy

The Political Economy of European Social Democracy
A Critical Realist Approach

by David J. Bailey

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2009-05-19
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1135268746
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book takes an in-depth look into recent developments in European social democracy. It begins by highlighting the somewhat paradoxical turn by a number of social democratic parties towards enhanced support for European integration, a move that has occurred despite the apparently ‘neoliberal’ direction of much of EU policy-output. A critical realist method is adopted, informed by both Marxist and anarchist critiques of social democratic parties, to argue that we can view this paradoxical development as resulting from the inherently unstable representation of constituents’ demands for decommodification, a process central to traditional social democratic parties. In making this argument, the book traces the transformation from ‘traditional’ to ‘new’ (or ‘third way’) social democratic parties in the UK, Sweden, France, Italy and Spain. It also outlines some of the most important developments in social democratic policy-making at the European level. The book therefore provides an in-depth, theoretically-original, analytical narrative of the key empirical developments to affect contemporary social democratic parties in recent years. In highlighting some of the contradictions inherent to both ‘traditional’ and ‘new’ social democratic parties, the book does much to suggest some of the reasons for their continued decline over the past three decades. David Bailey completed his PhD at the London School of Economics, and currently teaches at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on social democratic parties and European integration. He has published articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies, and Comparative European Politics.

Social Democracy and Welfare Capitalism

Social Democracy and Welfare Capitalism
A Century of Income Security Politics

by Alexander Hicks

  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release : 2018-10-18
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1501721763
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What has brought about the widespread public provision of welfare and income security within free-market liberalism? Some social scientists have regarded welfare as a preindustrial atavism; others, as a functional requirement of industrial society. Most recently, scholars have stressed the reformist actions of center-left parties during the decades following World War II, the workings of "new" post-industrial politics lately, and a multifaceted role of politics and state institutions overall. Alexander Hicks thoroughly revises these views, stressing the enduring significance of class organizations, however politically embedded, from the era of Bismark until the present. Social Democracy and Welfare Capitalism describes and explains income security programs in affluent and democratic capitalist nations, from the proto-democratic innovators of the 1880s to the globally buffeted democracies of the 1990s. Hicks's account stresses the reformist role of employee political and economic organization and derivative institutions, in particular, social democratic parties, labor unions, and neo-corporatist arrangements. These forces, arrayed as the elements of a transnational and century-long social democratic movement, give direction and continuity to the emergence, development, and contestation of income security policies.

Most Effective Political Economy system. Social democracy vs Liberal democracy

Most Effective Political Economy system. Social democracy vs Liberal democracy
A Book

by mustafa shirzad

  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release : 2016-07-20
  • Pages : 6
  • ISBN : 3668263914
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Essay from the year 2016 in the subject Politics - International Politics - Topic: Globalization, Political Economics, grade: A, American University of Central Asia (American University of Central Asia), course: International Comparative Politics, language: English, abstract: The integration of both political and economic institutions for shaping the scope of equality and freedom has been the hot discussion of both politicians and economists in our dynamic era of globalization all around the world. Distribution of wealth, a balance level of equality and freedom and social security of the public have been influential elements of the political economic system, which are significant issues for achieving national prosperity and economic growth of the state. The main goal of this research paper is to analyse and illustrate the comparisons of the world’s most dynamic political economic systems, which are Social democracy and Liberal democracy, and their contributions to economic growth and development. Social democratic systems will be better in providing economic growth and prosperity for nations regards to focusing on social welfare policies, establishing regulations for economic activities, managing of money and distribution of wealth, and maintenance of high living standard for public compared to liberal democracy.

Institutional System Analysis in Political Economy

Institutional System Analysis in Political Economy
Neoliberalism, Social Democracy and Islam

by Taner Akan

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-03-09
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN : 1317115759
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The enduring debate on institutional pillars of contemporary political economies has gathered a noticeable momentum in terms of the change, path-dependence, and varieties of capitalism. By taking a methodological standpoint claiming that ’the current structure and the future of contemporary societies can only be understood by using an evolutionary and macro institutional approach that would explain the trajectories of social structures from a systemic perspective’, this book first aims at formulating a novel analytical framework thus, Institutional System Analysis in Political Economy. This framework comprises, inter alia, a model of path-dependent changes, and then attempts to apply it to the case of the Ottoman-Turkish social system. In sum, the book develops an ’interaction-theoretic and evolutionarily-structured approach’ with an aim to better capture the path-dependence and change of political, economic, and cultural action in terms of their intersectional dynamics.

French Socialism in a Global Era

French Socialism in a Global Era
A Book

by Ben Clift

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2005-12-07
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780826486929
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A valuable edition to the Politics, Culture and Society in the New Europe series, this fascinating book seeks to explain and explore the fortunes of the French Socialist party. The party is employed as a test case to examine the veracity of the 'crisis of social democracy' literature and its predictions for the future direction and fortunes of social democratic parties. Ben Clift extends his analysis in an attempt to define the wider relationship between social democracy and globalization. Topics covered in this seminal account include the ideological redefinition in the French parti socialiste, as well as the changing political economy of French socialism. After an in-depth party profile of the Jospin government, Clift concludes by investigating the political economy of the French Socialist electoral strategy.

Growth, Crisis, Democracy

Growth, Crisis, Democracy
The Political Economy of Social Coalitions and Policy Regime Change

by Hideko Magara,Bruno Amable

  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release : 2017-07-14
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 1315408414
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Since the global financial crisis of 2008, advanced economies have been making various efforts to overcome the economic impasse. While the contrast between the countries that have escaped from the crisis relatively quickly and those still suffering from serious problems is becoming clearer, a new economic crisis stemming from newly emerging economies has again impacted advanced economies. In retrospect, both leftist and rightist governments in advanced economies pursued expansive macroeconomic and welfare policies from the post-WWII period to the oil shocks of the 1970s. While we recognise that the particular policy regime in this ‘Golden Decades’ during which the left and the right implemented similar policies cross-nationally, were characterised by outstanding economic growth in each country, the specific growth patterns varied across countries. Different social coalitions underpinned different growth models. This book is premised on tentative conclusions that Magara and her research collaborators have reached as a result of three years of study related to our previous project on economic crises and policy regimes. Recognising the need to analyse fluid and unstable situations, we have set up a new research design in which we emphasise political variables—whether political leaders and citizens can overcome the various weaknesses inherent in democracy and escape from an economic crisis by establishing an effective social coalition. A new policy regime can be stable only if it is supported by a sufficiently large coalition of social groups whose most important policy demands are satisfied within the new policy regime.

The Political Economy of Social Democracy

The Political Economy of Social Democracy
The Swedish Collapse, the Danish Mystery, the British Mirage and the German Dilemma

by Stuart Wilks-Heeg

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 53
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Liberal Solidarity

Liberal Solidarity
The Political Economy of Social Democratic Liberalism

by Geoffrey M. Hodgson

  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release : 2021-08-28
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781800882164
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The twenty-first century has seen major challenges to freedom and democracy. Authoritarianism is on the rise and democracy is in retreat. Some promote individualism and markets as the solution to almost every problem. On the other side there are those who champion collectivism and full public ownership. Neither side is convincing. Unrestrained capitalism has exacerbated inequality. Socialism in practice has ended democracy. Effective defenders of liberty and human flourishing must find a different course. This book argues for a pragmatic, social democratic liberalism that avoids unrealistic extremes and tackles major problems such as inequality and climate change. This book is a topical and powerful statement of social democratic liberalism. It will be of interest to anyone concerned about modern politics, including those in universities and political parties

Swedish Social Democracy and European Integration

Swedish Social Democracy and European Integration
The People's Home on the Market

by Nicholas Aylott

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2019-01-22
  • Pages : 217
  • ISBN : 0429795130
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First published in 1999, this volume why Europe’s arguably most successful political party, the Swedish Social Democratic Party, become so divided over European integration. Why were its grass-roots so reluctant to embrace EU membership and why did a Social Democratic government decide to stand aside from the launch of the single European currency? What connection is there between Europe and the Swedish model of political economy? While much has been written in English on Swedish Social Democracy, little of this literature has dealt with its difficulties during the 1990s and especially with its acute problems over Europe. This book fills that gap. Using original, primary data, Nicholas Aylott addresses the topic from macro and micro-political perspectives, taking account of historical, cultural, geopolitical and economic constraints, but also the interests and calculations of key individuals at critical junctures. It places the experience of Swedish Social Democracy into a broad comparative framework, drawing especially from the experiences of its Scandinavian sister parties. Up-to-date analysis of the party’s debate on EMU is included.

The City of London and Social Democracy

The City of London and Social Democracy
The Political Economy of Finance in Britain, 1959 - 1979

by Aled Davies

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2017-06-03
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0192526103
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The City of London and Social Democracy examines the relationship between the financial sector and the state in post-war Britain. The key argument made in Aled Davies's study is that changes to the financial sector during the 1960s and 1970s undermined the state's capacity to sustain and develop a modern industrial economy. Social democratic economic strategy was constrained by the institutionalization of investment in pension and insurance funds; the fragmentation of the nation's oligopolistic domestic banking system; the emergence of an unregulated international capital market based in London; and the breakdown of the Bretton Woods international monetary system. Novel attempts to reconfigure social democratic economic strategy in response to these changes ultimately proved unsuccessful. Meanwhile, the assumption that national prosperity could only be achieved through industrial growth was challenged by a reconceptualization of Britain as a fundamentally financial and commercial nation — an idea that was successfully promoted by the City itself. These findings assert the need to place the Thatcher governments' subsequent neoliberal economic revolution, which saw the acceleration of deindustrialization and the triumph of the City of London as a pre-eminent international financial centre, within a broader material, institutional, and cultural context previously underappreciated by historians.

Social Democratic Criminology

Social Democratic Criminology
A Book

by Robert Reiner

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-11-03
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN : 1315296756
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book argues that ‘social democratic criminology’ is an important critical perspective which is essential for the analysis of crime and criminal justice and crucial for humane and effective policy. The end of World War II resulted in 30 years of strategies to create a more peaceful international order. In domestic policy, all Western countries followed agendas informed by a social democratic sensibility. Social Democratic Criminology argues that the social democratic consensus has been pulled apart since the late 1960s, by the hegemony of neoliberalism: a resuscitation of nineteenth-century free market economics. There is now a gathering storm of apocalyptic dangers from climate change, pandemics, antibiotic resistance, and other existential threats. This book shows that the neoliberal revolution of the rich pushed aside social democratic values and policies regarding crime and security and replaced them with tougher ‘law and order’ approaches. The initial consequence was a tsunami of crime in all senses. Smarter security techniques did succeed in abating this for a while, but the decade of austerity in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis has seen growing violent and serious crime. Social Democratic Criminology charts the history of social democracy, discusses the variety of conflicting ways in which it has been interpreted, and identifies its core uniting concepts and influence on criminology in the twentieth century. It analyses the decline of social democratic criminology and the sustained intellectual and political attacks it has endured. The concluding chapter looks at the prospects for reviving social democratic criminology, itself dependent on the prospects for a rebirth of the broader social democratic movement. Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, cultural studies, politics, history, social policy, and all those interested in social democracy and its importance for society.

The Future of European Social Democracy

The Future of European Social Democracy
Building the Good Society

by Henning Meyer,Jonathan Rutherford

  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release : 2011-11-22
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN : 0230290930
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Across Europe social democracy is in crisis. The countries which formits collective home, Britain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and France, are all currently governed by centre right parties. It seems that change to European social democracy is essential. The contributors to this volume look at what kind of change this might be. In the last decade European social democracy has ceased to be about either society or democracy. In government it has embraced liberal economic principles that undermined solidarity and association. Along the way the idea of the common good has been lost and there is no vision of a 'Good Society'. The authors explore the values of European social democracy, how it can be revived and what kind of political economy it requires in order to thrive. An international group of distinguished academics addresses these issues and looks at how European social democracy can be used the build the Good Society. The Future of European Social Democracy also includes a foreword and appendix by the two leaders of the 'Building the Good Society' project on which the book is based, Andrea Nahles and Jon Cruddas. -- Publisher description.

The Third Way Transformation of Social Democracy

The Third Way Transformation of Social Democracy
Normative Claims and Policy Initiatives in the 21st Century

by Oliver Schmidtke

  • Publisher : Aldershot, England : Ashgate
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Designed to cover a broad range of aspects, this text provides fresh understanding of the transformation of social democratic politics in a globalizing world. The reader will benefit from this book's expert and easily accessible multi-faceted approach to one of the key political issues in contemporary Western societies.

Political Economy and the Labour Party, 2nd Edition

Political Economy and the Labour Party, 2nd Edition
The Economics of Democratic Socialism 1884-2005

by Noel Thompson

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2006-09-27
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1134332963
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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`In Political Economy and the Labour Party, Noel Thompson gives an informative and stimulating outline of the ideas and theories that have shaped the party’s economic policy since 1900.’ - Times Literary Supplement A new edition of the American Library Association's `Outstanding Academic Book' award winner. This new volume brings this study of the rich tradition of British socialist political economy and its influence on the British Labour Party fully up-to-date. Surveying the Labour tradition from the Fabianism of the Webbs to the `social-ism’ of Tony Blair’s Third Way, this new edition considers the critical engagement of these political economies with capitalism and the policies they articulate. It also discusses the manner in which they influence, or establish the context for, Labour’s economic thinking and policymaking and traces the ideological trajectory British social democratic political economy over the course of the twentieth century. In its concluding chapter this volume assesses the present character of the political economy advanced by the Labour Party and raises the question as to whether it can any longer be considered part of the social democratic tradition. This is an essential new edition of this now standard text for students taking courses on the history of political and economic thought and, more generally, courses on the political and intellectual history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain.

Nordic Journal of Political Economy

Nordic Journal of Political Economy
When Social Democracy dissolves

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1995
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Selected Works of Michael Wallerstein

Selected Works of Michael Wallerstein
The Political Economy of Inequality, Unions, and Social Democracy

by David Austen-Smith,Jeffry A. Frieden,Miriam A. Golden,Karl Ove Moene,Adam Przeworski

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2008-03-17
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1139471066
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Michael Wallerstein was a leader in developing a rigorous comparative political economy approach to understanding substantive issues of inequality, redistribution, and wage-determination. His early death from cancer left both a hole in the profession and a legacy that will surely provide the foundation for research on these topics. This volume collects his most important and influential contributions, organized by topic, with each topic preceded by an editorial introduction that provides overview and context.

Capitalism and Social Democracy

Capitalism and Social Democracy
A Book

by Adam Przeworski

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 1986-12-26
  • Pages : 269
  • ISBN : 9780521336567
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Not to repeat past mistakes: the sudden resurgence of a sympathetic interest in social democracy is a response to the urgent need to draw lessons from the history of the socialist movement. After several decades of analyses worthy of an ostrich, some rudimentary facts are being finally admitted. Social democracy has been the prevalent manner of organization of workers under democratic capitalism. Reformist parties have enjoyed the support of workers.

Social Democracy in Sweden

Social Democracy in Sweden
The Threat from a Globalised World

by Dimitris Tsarouhas

  • Publisher : I.B. Tauris
  • Release : 2008-09-30
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What is the future of social democracy in the age of globalization? The Swedish model, long the paradigm for socially responsible capitalism, was pronounced dead in the 1990s, but a new Swedish model has emerged and is thriving. Europeanization and globalization were expected to erode social democracy, placing limits on the power of organized labor to negotiate with capital. Here Dimitris Tsarouhas shows why and how this did not happen. Tracing the emergence of the original model to its institutional and political origins, he garners rich empirical evidence to show the resilience of the fundamental nature of Swedish social democracy in the face of changing policies, institutions and labor relations. This book is an important reassessment of European social democracy and the impact of globalization.