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Politics against pessimism

by Geoff Dow | 03 December 2013
Category: Politics
Synopsis
Neoliberalism has now failed, so can a social democratic resurgence replace it? This book retrieves the political thought of Swedish politician Ernst Wigforss to explore the unrealised potential of social democracy. Wigforss drew on many schools of thought to produce an alternative social democratic strategy. It outflanked economic liberalism, allowed his party to dominate Swedish politics for a half-century, and his country to achieve affluence and social equity as converging rather than competing objectives. OECD economies have since evolved political capacities - the welfare state, corporatist regulation, expanded citizen entitlements, civic amenity - far in excess of pessimistic evaluations offered by mainstream analyses. This book suggests that such developments confirm Wigforss's ideas, confounding conventional pessimism. Full employment, social equity, economic democracy, new political institutions, and transformative economic management are now more imaginable than ever in western countries. But their achievement depends on a radical reformist political mobilisation of the kind that Wigforss inspired, one which integrates these aspirations as mutually reinforcing goals.
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Synopsis
Neoliberalism has now failed, so can a social democratic resurgence replace it? This book retrieves the political thought of Swedish politician Ernst Wigforss to explore the unrealised potential of social democracy. Wigforss drew on many schools of thought to produce an alternative social democratic strategy. It outflanked economic liberalism, allowed his party to dominate Swedish politics for a half-century, and his country to achieve affluence and social equity as converging rather than competing objectives. OECD economies have since evolved political capacities - the welfare state, corporatist regulation, expanded citizen entitlements, civic amenity - far in excess of pessimistic evaluations offered by mainstream analyses. This book suggests that such developments confirm Wigforss's ideas, confounding conventional pessimism. Full employment, social equity, economic democracy, new political institutions, and transformative economic management are now more imaginable than ever in western countries. But their achievement depends on a radical reformist political mobilisation of the kind that Wigforss inspired, one which integrates these aspirations as mutually reinforcing goals.
€103.60
310 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
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Eligible for free delivery

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!


Product Details

ISBN - 9783034314459
Format -
Publisher -
Published - 03/12/2013
Categories - All, Books, History and Politics, Politics Philosophy, Politics
No. of Pages - 477
Weight - 670
Edition - New Edition
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 23
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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