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The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe

Edited by Michael Keating, David McCrone

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Is social democracy in a terminal condition in Europe?

Social democracy is in office almost nowhere and appears bereft of ideas in the face of the economic crisis that might have given it a historic opportunity. So is social democracy dead?

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Contents

Preface
1. The Crisis of Social Democracy, Michael Keating and David McCrone
2. The Long Depression, the Great Crash and Socialism in Western Europe, Donald Sassoon
3. Social Democracy in Crisis: outlining the trends in Western Europe, David McCrone and Michael Keating
4. The Positions and Fortunes of Social Democratic Parties in East Central Europe, Milada Anna Vachudova
5. Rethinking Public Expenditure from a Social Democratic Perspective, David Heald
6. Social Democracy in Crisis? What Crisis?, Bo Rothstein and Sven Steinmo
7. Do the Fading Electoral Fortunes of the Swedish Social Democrats Signal the Erosion of Swedish Social Democracy?, Henry Milner
8. Multiculturalism, Right Wing Populism and the Crisis of Social Democracy, Susi Meret and Birte Siim
9. Labour Markets, Welfare States and the Contemporary Dilemmas of European Social Democracy, Martin Rhodes
10. Class Politics and the Social Investment Welfare State, Colin Crouch
11. Labour, Skills and Education in Modern Socio-economic Development: Can There be a Social Democratic Economic and Industrial Policy in a Globalised Economy?, Ulrich Hilpert and Desmond Hickie
12. From Single Market to Social Market Economy: Is There Room for Solidarity? Yves Mény
13. Social Democracy and Security, Neil Walker
14. Multilevel Social Democracy: Centralisation and Decentralisation, Michael Keating
Conclusion, Michael Keating and David McCrone
Bibliography.

About the Author

Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Academician of the Social Sciences. He has published extensively on European politics, nationalism and regionalism.

David McCrone is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He co-founded the university’s Institute of Governance in 1999, and has written extensively on the sociology and politics of Scotland, and the comparative study of nationalism.

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