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Social democracy in Europe

Tony Fitzpatrick

in After the New Social Democracy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780719064760
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700433 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719064760.003.0004
Social democracy in Europe

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This chapter argues that social democracy is more robust than defenders of the new social democracy (NSD) imagine. The NSD represents an important strand in recent Centre-Left developments, but it is simplistic to imagine that the ‘old’ social democracy has been discredited. It argues that the difficulties the NSD faces are best addressed not by the productivist form of social democracy but by a post-productivist one. This chapter also analyses the strong and weak versions of the ‘social democracy is dead’ argument and evaluates the health of European social democracy.

Keywords: social democracy; NSD; Centre-Left developments; post-productivist democracy; Europe

Chapter.  8845 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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