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The Death of Social Democracy : Political Consequences in the 21st Century - Ashley Lavelle

The Death of Social Democracy

Political Consequences in the 21st Century

Hardcover Published: 16th June 2008
ISBN: 9780754670148
Number Of Pages: 234

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Whereas many writers and scholars interested in the field of social democracy have focused on factors such as the role of economic globalization and electoral pressures, Ashley Lavelle explores the importance of the collapse of the post-war economic boom and lower growth rates since then. He examines how these pressures have led social democrats to embrace neo-liberal policies and become threatened by minor parties and independent politicians. Providing an original argument about the decline of social democracy, the author investigates how its decline has increased the popularity of minor parties and independents, along with the reasons for social democratic membership and electoral decline. This is an important book for scholars of social democracy and the broader themes of world politics, political parties, social movements and globalization.

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'Lavelle retraces the steps of social democracy's embracing of neoliberalism and provides a detailed and passionate account of its transformation. The argument developed in this comparative study is straightforward, coherent, and empirically sound. It is also innovative and bound to cause controversy. This excellent book is one of the most remarkable recent studies on contemporary Social Democracy and a genuine contribution to the understanding of modern politics.' Gerassimos Moschonas, Panteion University of Athens, Greece, and Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Preface
Introduction: the social democratic malaise
The Death of Social Democracy and its Political Consequences
Social democracy and neo-liberalism
Explaining the death of social democracy
Political consequences of the death of social democracy
The Death of Social Democracy in Australia
The 'light on the hill' extinguished
Political consequences: a green altenative to social democracy?
The Death of Social Democracy in Britain: New Labour, not Labour
Political consequences: a fragmenting base
The Death of Social Democracy in Germany
Rescuing Standort Deutschland
Political consequences: the '1930s in slow motion'
The Death of Social Democracy in Sweden
The decline of the Swedish model
Political consequences: the SAP loses its invincibility
Conclusions
Bibliography
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780754670148
ISBN-10: 0754670147
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 16th June 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Type: New edition