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Description - Social Democratic Party Policies in Contemporary Europe by Giuliano Bonoli

The end of the twentieth century saw an unprecedented coincidence of electoral success for social democratic parties in western Europe leading to intensive discussion on the future of this new European left. The debates often centred on the notion of a 'Third way' and generated major expectations for policy change among social democratic politicians and voters. The authors collected here examine the recent social and employment policies of these progressive parties, looking for change in the guiding principles of policy and on actual policy decisions. They show how the maxims of demand management and egalitarianism have been replaced by social investment and equality of opportunity and demonstrate the full extent of convergence on policies such as employment maximization, the containment of social expenditure and a shift towards a social investment welfare state. The book includes case studies on the social democratic parties of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK as well as on the Party of European Socialists.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415304252
ISBN-10: 0415304253
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Giuliano Bonoli

Giuliano Bonoli works at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Bern and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Martin Powell is Reader in Social Policy in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK.

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