After the Third Way: The Future of Social Democracy in Europe

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The social democratic parties were once the strongest political forces in Europe. Today, however, they appear disoriented and rudderless, crucially lacking the ideological, intellectual, and organizational vitality which underpinned their strength in the post-war political landscape. Electorally marginalized, seemingly ideologically exhausted, and often out-of-step with the contemporary zeitgeist, European social democracy is currently in profound need of revision and renewal - potentially its very existence as a...

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Overview

The social democratic parties were once the strongest political forces in Europe. Today, however, they appear disoriented and rudderless, crucially lacking the ideological, intellectual, and organizational vitality which underpinned their strength in the post-war political landscape. Electorally marginalized, seemingly ideologically exhausted, and often out-of-step with the contemporary zeitgeist, European social democracy is currently in profound need of revision and renewal - potentially its very existence as a political force is under threat. This book marks a serious attempt to forge the intellectual backbone of a renewed social democracy fit for the 21st century. Bringing together leading academics, political thinkers, and policy experts, After the Third Way offers a new and original perspective on ideological and policy innovation, and will be invaluable reading for anyone interested in the future of social democracy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848859937
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Olaf Cramme is Director of Policy Network. Previously, he was Lecturer in European Politics at London Metropolitan University and worked as a Parliamentary Researcher at the Houses of Parliament. He has published widely on global governance, the future of the European Union, and European social democracy. He holds a PhD in European Studies from London Metropolitan University and studied history, politics, and international relations at the University of Heidelberg and at the University Paris-Sorbonne.

Patrick Diamond is Senior Research Fellow at Policy Network. He is also a Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford. He was formerly Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street and Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. Diamond has spent ten years as a Special Adviser in various roles at the heart of British Government, including No.10 Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Northern Ireland Office, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), where he served as Group Director of Strategy.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• The Guiding Purpose of Centre-Left Politics
• From Fatalism to Fraternity: Governing Purpose and the Good Society
• Social Democracy in a Global Era
• Policy Predicaments
• The Mechanics of Markets: Politics, Economics and Finance
• Debt and Deficits: The Quest for Economic Competence
• Social Democracy at the End of the Welfare State?
• Building Sustainable Solidarity: Institutional Legitimacy and Social Trust
• Progress and Social Policy: Two and a Half Cheers for Education
• Social Cohesion, Culture Politics and the Impact of Migration
• Identity, Community and a Politics of Recognition
• Governance and Politics
• The Politics of European Integration
• After the Mass Party: Progressive Coalitions for a Fragmented Left?
• Back to the Future: Towards a Red-Green Politics
• The Squeezed Middle and the New Inequality
• Coming to terms with the Challenges to Internationalism
• Citizen Engagement and the Quest for Solidarity
• Cooperation, Creativity and Equality: Key Concepts for a New Social Democratic Erac
• Afterword

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