Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745336084 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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The Three Worlds of Social Democracy

A Global View

Edited by Ingo Schmidt

The Three Worlds of Social Democracy

Edited by Ingo Schmidt

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9780745336084 Published October 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9780745336138 Published November 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
The twentieth century saw social democracy emerge to become the dominant ideology of governance in Western Europe, and today its influence spreads far beyond the continent, reaching into the Global South. At the same time, however, social democracy appears to be on shakier ground than ever, its programs eroded by new geopolitical and sociopolitical realities.
            The Three Worlds of Social Democracy presents a view of the current state of social democracy through close looks at the experiences of social democratic parties and governments in Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, India, and South Africa. The contributors review the ideas and policies of the different parties and discuss efforts to deal with contemporary economic and social challenges. The result is a volume that will be of value to students of comparative politics even as it furthers the debate about the future of social democratic policies.
 
Contents
1. Introduction: Social Democracy and Uneven Development – Theoretical Reflections on the Three Worlds of Social Democracy 
Ingo Schmidt

Heartlands:
2. France – Who Wants to be a Social Democrat?
Fabien Escalona

3. Social Democracy in Norway
Knut Kjeldstadli, Idar Helle

4. British Social Democracy Without the Labour Movement, 1997-2015
Max Crook


Peripheries:
5. Till Death Do Us Apart? Kirchnerism, Neodevelopmentalism and the Struggle for Hegemony in Argentina, 2003-2015.
Mariano Féliz

6. Whither Social Democracy in Chile?
Ximena de la Barra

7. Does Social Democracy Hold Up Half the Sky? The Decline of PASOK and the Rise of SYRIZA in Greece
John Milios

8. Social Democracy in Romania
Lucian Vesalon

9. Slovenian Social Democracy: Long March Towards Irrelevance
Anej Korsika:


Regional Powers:
10. The Workers Party in Brazilian Governments: From Left Neoliberalism to Left Austerity
Jörg Nowak

11. Politics of Social Democracy in a Communist-ruled State in India
Arup Kumar Sen

12. South Africa’s Pseudo Social Democracy: Tokenistic Nuances Within Neoliberal Nationalism
Patrick Bond

13. Conclusion: Limits to Social Democracy, Populist Moments, and Left Alternatives
Ingo Schmidt

Index
Review Quotes
Journal of Economic Literature
"Thirteen papers explain the scarcity of social democratic politics despite a persistent
discontent with neoliberalism and examine alternative ways this discontent is articulated, ranging from various populisms to right-wing fundamentalism and new socialist projects. Presents case studies on social democracy from Western, Southern, and Eastern Europe, as well as Brazil, India, and South Africa."
Leo Panitch, emeritus, York University and co-editor of The Socialist Register
“Under the editorship of one of the most informed and profound analysts of contemporary social democratic parties and policies, this book's remarkably broad and up-to-date comparative coverage and analysis by an impressive range of authors makes an enormous contribution to understanding the contemporary political conjuncture.” 
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