Social Democracy in the 21st Century Vol: 35

Nik Brandal
Bjørknes University College, Norway

Øivind Bratberg
University of Oslo, Norway

Dag Einar Thorsen
University of South-Eastern, Norway

Product Details
29 Jan 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
304 pages - 152 x 229mm
Comparative Social Research
Social democrats in the Western world look back on a century where growth and expansion of centre-left values seemed, during certain periods of time, to be a law of nature. Today, the so-called golden era from the 1940s to the 1970s is just a distant memory for the social democratic movement.

Volume 35 of Comparative Social Research challenges this narrative of the post-war glory of social democracy. It argues that social democracy has been associated too tightly with the specific context of post-1945 and explores the margin for manoeuvre for the social democratic movement, both now and in the future.

Contributors to this book explore essential questions for contemporary social democrats, such as;
  • What does social democracy constitute as a set of ideas in the 21st century experiencing rapid technological, economic and demographic change?
  • Is the narrative of the decline of social democracy warranted, and is there an opportunity for transformation or even rejuvenation?
Social Democracy in the 21st Century is an essential reading for academics and researchers of political science and sociology.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Social Democracy in the 21st Century; Dag Einar Thorsen 
Chapter 2. Social Democratic challenges in the South–and why they matter for the North too; Olle Törnquist      
Chapter 3. Each unhappy in its own way? The rise and fall of Social Democracy in the Visegrád countries since 1989; Elisabeth Bakke and Nick Sitter  
Chapter 4. Social Democratic Trade Unions in the Knowledge Economy: Challenges, Pathways and Dilemmas; Christian Lyhne Ibsen 
Chapter 5. Basic income and social democratic policies; Nanna Kildal 
Chapter 6. Governance by hybrid advisory committees – a hallmark of social democracy?; Cathrine Holst and Eva Krick 
Chapter 7. In the Quest for a European Social Model: The EU Integration Path of Social Democratic Parties in Germany and Spain; Björn Hacker 
Chapter 8. Social Democracy and the ‘Territorial Question’: Understanding the Attitudes of Social Democratic Parties towards Decentralization; Simon Toubeau 
Chapter 9. From bounded universalism to the trial of internationalisation: Migration and social democracy in Scandinavia; Grete Brochmann 
Chapter 10. Duties first, rights next! The Danish Social Democrats’ right turn on migration politics; Susi Meret
Chapter 11. Third Way Departures and 21st-century Social Democracy: Corbyn vs Macron; Nik. Brandal and Øivind Bratberg
Nik. Brandal is an Associate Professor in International Studies at Bjørknes University College. 
Øivind Bratberg is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.
Dag Einar Thorsen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway.

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