Social Democratic Party Policies in Contemporary Europe / Edition 1

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Overview

The end of the twentieth century saw an unprecedented coincidence of electoral success for social democratic parties in western Europe leading to intensive discussion on the future of this new European left. The debates often centred on the notion of a 'Third way' and generated major expectations for policy change among social democratic politicians and voters. The authors collected here examine the recent social and employment policies of these progressive parties, looking for change in the guiding principles of policy and on actual policy decisions. They show how the maxims of demand management and egalitarianism have been replaced by social investment and equality of opportunity and demonstrate the full extent of convergence on policies such as employment maximization, the containment of social expenditure and a shift towards a social investment welfare state.

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Meet the Author

Giuliano Bonoli works at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Martin Powell is Reader in Social Policy in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
1 Social Democracy in Europe: renewal or retreat? 1
2 Policy changes of European Social Democrats, 1945-98 21
3 Models of citizenship and Social Democratic policies 43
4 Social policy in Belgium and the Netherlands: Third Way or not? 66
5 The Portuguese socialists and the Third Way 83
6 Turning ideas into policies: implementing modern Social Democratic thinking in Germany's pension policy 102
7 The social and employment policies of the Jospin Government 123
8 The Third Way in welfare state reform? Social Democratic pension politics in Germany and Sweden 141
9 Why do Social Democratic parties change employment policy positions? A comparison of Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom 161
10 From Eurokeynesianism' to the 'Third Way': The Party of European Socialists (PES) and European employment policies 180
11 Social Democratic party policies in Europe: towards a Third Way? 197
Index 214
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