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The future of European social democracy: building the good society

Meyer, Henning and Rutherford, Jonathan, eds. (2011) The future of European social democracy: building the good society. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230290938

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Across Europe social democracy is in crisis. The countries which form its collective home, Britain, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and France, are all currently governed by centre right parties. It seems that change to European social democracy is essential. The contributors to this volume look at what kind of change this might be. In the last decade European social democracy has ceased to be about either society or democracy. In government it has embraced liberal economic principles that undermined solidarity and association. Along the way the idea of the common good has been lost and there is no vision of a 'Good Society'. The authors explore the values of European social democracy, how it can be revived and what kind of political economy it requires in order to thrive. An international group of distinguished academics address these issues and look at how European social democracy can be used the build the Good Society. The Future of European Social Democracy also includes a foreword and appendix by the two leaders of the 'Building the Good Society' project on which the book is based, Andrea Nahles and Jon Cruddas.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2011 Palgrave Macmillan
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F5 - International Relations and International Political Economy
Sets: Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 08:23
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 02:03

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