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Mapping the Western European Left : Mappings - Perry Anderson

Mapping the Western European Left


By: Perry Anderson (Editor), Patrick Camiller (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th December 1994
ISBN: 9780860919278
Number Of Pages: 288

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This authoritative survey provides the first comprehensive map of the trials and tribuations of the West European left over the last decade. Organized as a series of tightly linked, comparative assessments, it provides a guide to the state of the left in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Spain. While all the essays are detailed historical compositions -- setting recent crises and dilemmas in a longer perspective reaching back into the postwar settlement -- they articulate original insights into the contemporary political conjuncture. Why did Swedish social democracy lose hegemony and direction while its Norwegian counterpart showed unexpected resilience? What was the background to the Danish rebellion against Maastricht? What are the prospects for the SPD and the Greens in post-unification Germany? Should the British Labour Party embrace electoral reform? What propelled the French Socialist Party from triumph to disaster? And why did the Italian left fail to fill the vacuum created by the collapse of the Christian Democrats? Behind the questions explored by the contributors to Mapping the West European Left lie deeper issues concerning the future of radical politics in Europe after the repudiation of Keynsianism and the end of communism. With the individual country analyses synthesized by the editors in a concise and comprehensive introductory essay, this book provides key pointers to the social forces and ideological platforms that offer lines of advance to the left today. Contributors: Tobias Abse (Italy), Patrick Camiller (Spain), Adne Cappelen (Norway), Niels Finn Christiansen (Denmark), Jan Fagerberg (Norway), Jane Jenson (France), Peter Mair (Britain), Lars Mjoset (Norway), Stephen Padgett (Germany), William Paterson (Germany), Jonas Pontusson (Sweden), George Ross (France), Bent Sofus Tranoy (Norway)

Introductionp. 1
Sweden: After the Golden Agep. 23
Norway: Changing the Modelp. 55
Denmark: End of an Idyll?p. 77
Germany: Stagnation of the Leftp. 102
Britain: Labour and Electoral Reformp. 130
France: Triumph and Tragedyp. 158
Italy: A New Agendap. 189
Spain: The Survival of Socialism?p. 233
Notes on the Contributorsp. 267
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780860919278
ISBN-10: 0860919277
Series: Mappings
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17th December 1994
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1