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From the Publisher"This impressive collaborative effort crosses disciplinary and regional boundaries to knock the conventional wisdom that globalization has made social democracy impossible on the periphery back on its heels. Grounding their analysis on four fascinating cases that span the globe, the four authors make a compelling case for the possibility of peripheral social democracy. Their book should be required reading for policy-makers and scholars alike."
Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley
"This is an outstanding book. It is theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich. In a field dominated by pessimistic books, the message of this book is even inspirational: redistributive efforts in the developing world can work and not at the expense of economic growth. The book makes us understand the political and social preconditions for such benign developmental outcomes. A must read for all students of the developing world."
Atul Kohli, Princeton University
"Social Democracy in the Global Periphery accomplishes what the best comparative research aims for. Informed by a full grasp of past work on development, democracy, and social welfare policies as well as thorough local knowledge, the authors scan the range of what is possible and identify in four exceptional cases the causal patterns that allowed equitable social and economic policies to emerge. Remarkably, these include not only favorable conditions for the mobilization of subordinate interests but also early and sustained integration into the international economy. This is a volume of outstanding importance."
Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Brown University
"This is a book that restores one's sense of political hope. Against the economic determinism of the 'free market,' these authors argue that it is possible, even in the Third World, to promote economic growth and, at the same time, to advance the cause of justice and solidarity."
Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ
"Richard Sandbook and his colleagues have written an excellent book on social democracy...conveys an unusual but extremely helpful understanding of social democracy...raises almost as many interesting questions as it answers." —Sheri Berman, Barnard College: Book Reviews, Comparative Politics