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The Transformation of European Social Democracy : Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics - Herbert Kitschelt

The Transformation of European Social Democracy

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

Paperback Published: 30th January 1995
ISBN: 9780521457156
Number Of Pages: 368

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This book explains the contrasting strategies of social democratic parties and their electoral fortunes in the major European democracies in the 1970s and 1980s. Going beyond approaches that focus on the influence of class structures and political economic institutions, Herbert Kitschelt analyzes a party's competitive situation in the electoral arena, the constraints and opportunities of party organization, and ideological legacies to explain the strategic choices made by social democratic parties and their electoral results. Social democracy is far from being doomed to decline, but its success depends on its ability to transform its political message and construct new electoral coalitions.

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Introduction
Social structure and preference formation: opportunities for left party strategy in the 1970s and 1980s
Class structure and left party performance
Left party fortunes and the political economy
Social democratic strategy and electoral competition
Internal politics in socialist parties: preference formation, aggregation and strategic choice
The socialist discourse: political semantics and party strategy
Social democracy in decline? Analytical and normative extensions of the argument
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521457156
ISBN-10: 0521457157
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th January 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.19  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.53

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