This book takes an in-depth look into recent developments in
European social democracy. It begins by highlighting the somewhat
paradoxical turn by a number of social democratic parties towards
enhanced support for European integration, a move that has occurred
despite the apparently `neoliberal' direction of much of EU
policy-output. A critical realist method is adopted, informed by
both Marxist and anarchist critiques of social democratic parties,
to argue that we can view this paradoxical development as resulting
from the inherently unstable representation of constituents'
demands for decommodification, a process central to traditional
social democratic parties. In making this argument, the book traces
the transformation from `traditional' to `new' (or `third way')
social democratic parties in the UK, Sweden, France, Italy and
Spain. It also outlines some of the most important developments in
social democratic policy-making at the European level. The book
therefore provides an in-depth, theoretically-original, analytical
narrative of the key empirical developments to affect contemporary
social democratic parties in recent years. In highlighting some of
the contradictions inherent to both `traditional' and `new' social
democratic parties, the book does much to suggest some of the
reasons for their continued decline over the past three decades.
David Bailey completed his PhD at the London School of Economics,
and currently teaches at the University of Birmingham. His research
focuses on social democratic parties and European integration. He
has published articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies, and
Comparative European Politics.
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