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The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe$
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Michael Keating and David McCrone

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748665822

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665822.001.0001

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Social Democracy in Crisis? What crisis?

Social Democracy in Crisis? What crisis?

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(p.87) Chapter 6 Social Democracy in Crisis? What crisis?
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The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe
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Bo Rothstein

Sven Steinmo

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748665822.003.0006

The authors suggest that it is only they who can claim to be truly social democratic that such parties prosper. The secret is universalism in social provision, binding citizens into the collectivity while adopting an increasingly pragmatic attitude to how services are delivered. This is combined with economic flexibility and a willingness to let old industries go under.

Keywords:   Social democratic model of society, Universalism, Market economy, Welfare state

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