Solidarity in Europe is a comprehensive study of the idea of solidarity from the early nineteenth century to the present. It covers social and political theory, Protestant and Catholic social ethics, and the development of the concept of solidarity in eight European nations - Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Steinar Stjerno examines how solidarity has been defined, and how this definition has changed since the early nineteenth century. He analyses different aspects of solidarity: what is the foundation of solidarity? Is it personal or common interest, 'sameness', altruism, religion, empathy, or cognition? What is the goal of solidarity? How inclusive should it be? The book also compares the different concepts of solidarity in social democratic, Christian democratic, communist and fascist parties.
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Author Biography - Steinar Stjerno
Steinar Stjerno (1945) is a political scientist, and former Rector of Oslo University College (1994-2000). He is a member of several research committees of the Norwegian Council of Research, and has written books and reports on poverty and comparative social policy. In 2006 he was appointed by the Norwegian government to head a commission on reforms of higher education.