The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe

Keating, Michael
McCrone, David
Date published: 
July 2013

Is social democracy dead? It is in office almost nowhere in Europe and seems to be out of ideas in the face of the economic crisis that might have given it a historic opportunity. Keating and McCrone take a stand again those who claim social democracy’s demise. They look back at how it handled policy challenges in the economy, labour markets, social welfare, public services, integration and decentralisation. By arguing that social democracy is not a single set of ideas or practices but a way of reconciling market capitalism with social inclusion and equality, they show that it was actually remarkably successful during the 20th century.