Social democracy withouit social democrats?

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Lawson, Neal
Date of publication
5 January 2016
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This report seeks to understand the rise and fall of social democracy as a temporary blip made possible by a particular alignment of forces after the Second World War. It then briefly describes the hostile terrain which replaced the benign post war context that for a while made social democrats powerful. It ends by outlining the four challenges social democrats must face if they are to have a future:

  • Vision and a good society beyond turbo-consumption
  • Globalisation and the need to tame capital beyond borders
  • Culture and the need to let go and trust people
  • Agency and the need to build new alliances for change

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