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

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Political Science - 221 pages
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Lavelle argues that the political-economic context of the 21st Century means that social democratic projects cannot be revived as a result of the pressures of economic decline since the end of the post-war boom, globalization, European integration and ideological developments in favour of the free market. These pressures have led social democrats to embrace neo-liberal policies and become threatened by minor parties and Independent politicians. Lavelle argues that social democracy cannot be resurrected and that its decline has increased popularity of minor parties and independents. The book uses case studies from Australia, the UK, Germany and Sweden.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Social Democratic Malaise
1
The Death of Social Democracy and its Political Consequences
5
Social Democracy and Neoliberalism
7
Explaining the Death of Social Democracy
19
Political Consequences of the Death of Social Democracy
37
The Death of Social Democracy in Australia
47
The Light on the Hill Extinguished
49
Political Consequences A Green Alternative to Social Democracy?
65
The Death of Social Democracy in Germany
109
Rescuing Standort Deutschland
111
Political Consequences The 1930s in Slow Motion
127
The Death of Social Democracy in Sweden
141
The Decline of the Swedish Model
143
Political Consequences The SAP Loses its Invincibility
157
Conclusion
169
Bibliography
179

The Death of Social Democracy in Britain
77
New Labour Not Labour
79
Political Consequences A Fragmenting Base
97

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Dr Ashley Lavelle is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University, Australia.

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