Social democracy has nothing distinctive to say about many of the problems we currently face. An ominous paradox hangs over the battered ranks of European social democracy. By rights, this should be a social-democratic moment. The economic crisis of the last two years has shown beyond doubt that the neoliberal economic paradigm which has dominated […]
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A positive future for social democracy depends upon a genuine political commitment to social and environmental justice. In the first half of the twentieth century, social democracy fundamentally transformed the European social and political landscape. Recognising the need to temper the injustices inherent in the capitalist economic system, the proponents of social democratic ideology strove […]
Only through offering a new vision for these new times will social democrats be able to renew themselves and create a more just and prosperous Europe. The crisis of the SPD in Germany is matched by a crisis of European social democracy as a whole. Only a third of the member states of the European […]
Though social democracy has had its problems, it offers a politics that can be developed and broadened to encompass the needs of the present. Social democracy faces testing times in Europe and elsewhere, but the pessimism can be overdone. We should avoid both the politics of nostalgia and the politics of despair. An example of […]
Until recently, the West has, by and large, determined the rules of the game on the global stage. During the last century, western countries presided over a shift in world power – from control via territory to control via the creation of governance structures created in the post-1945 era. From the United Nations Charter and […]
John Keane, professor of politics at the University of Westminster and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, calls it ‘serendipity’. A decade in the writing and the first attempt at a full scale history of democracy in over a century, The Life and Death of Democracy hits the book shelves with the sort of timing that no-one […]
Do you remember the moment when communism fell in Eastern Europe? Most people will recall the dramatic events in Berlin in November 1989. Perhaps they will remember the overthrow of Ceaucescu in Romania or when Yeltsin defeated the coup in Moscow two years later. Yet communism ended here, in Poland, when twenty years ago the […]