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Christian democracy, social democracy and the continental ‘welfare without work’ syndrome

Kees van Kersbergen and Anton Hemerijck

in Social Policy Review 16

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9781847424716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424716.003.0009
Christian democracy, social democracy and the continental ‘welfare without work’ syndrome

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This chapter studies the thesis of the ‘Christian democratisation’ of British social democracy. This debate has been conducted mostly in German, and it is argued that the adoption of such Christian democratisation can stretch as far as Rauchbier and Schwartzbier. It indicates that continental social democracy has unsuccessfully tried to break with Christian democratic policies during the second half of the 1990s. The chapter concludes that the European Third Way social democracy did not ‘Christian democratise’, but rather has attempted to ‘social democratise’ the continental Christian democratic welfare state regime.

Keywords: Christian democratisation; social democracy; Rauchbier; Schwartzbier; European Third Way

Chapter.  7689 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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