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The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe

Michael Keating and David McCrone


This book tackles a puzzle. Given the failings of neo-liberalism revealed by the economic crisis starting in 2008, why was social democracy not triumphant? After all, its political success over much of the post-war period was bolstered by a particular representation of the inter-war years and a belief that governments had put the old economics behind them, while some social democrats had given early warnings about the follies being committed from the 1990s. Despite the caricature about social democratic governments being free spenders, they have tended in office to be rather fiscally responsib ... More

Keywords: social democracy, socialist and labour parties, Europe, social solidarity, social equality, crisis of capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748665822
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Keating, editor
University of Aberdeen and University of Edinburgh

David McCrone, editor
University of Edinburgh

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Chapter 1 The Crisis of Social Democracy

Michael Keating and David McCrone

Chapter 15 Conclusion

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