The first half of the book restores some of the complexity tosocial democracy's past and shows that it was much more subtle,varied and intelligent than its latter-day critics suppose. Turningto the present, the second half of the book shows how a fewcontemporary half-truths - relating to globalization anddemographic change - have been used to justify the abandonment ofthe defining core of a social democratic politics. The book doesnot argue that 'nothing has really changed'. In fact, a great dealhas changed and policy-makers have to adjust to a range of newcircumstances, constraints (and opportunities). But those whoexhort us simply to abandon the 'traditional' terrain of thecentre-left are wrong. Social democracy remains just what it alwayswas - a politics of messy compromises and hard choices.
This book will appeal to undergraduates, postgraduates andscholars in politics, social policy and political sociology, aswell as the interested general reader.
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Table of ContentsAcknowledgements.
Chapter 1 The Strange Death of Social Democracy.
Chapter 2 The Making of Social Democracy.
Chapter 3 "Classical" Social Democracy and the Alternatives.
Chapter 4 Globalization and the End of Social Democracy.
Chapter 5 The Challenge of Demographic Change.
Chapter 6 The Social Democratic Future.