The Theory of Social Democracy
September 2007, Polity
This new book provides a systematic defence of social democracy for our contemporary global age. The authors argue that the claims to legitimation implicit in democratic theory can be honored only by social democracy; libertarian democracies are defective in failing to protect their citizens adequately against social, economic, and environmental risks that only collective action can obviate. Ultimately, social democracy provides both a fairer and more stable social order.
But can social democracy survive in a world characterized by pervasive processes of globalization? This book asserts that globalization need not undermine social democracy if it is harnessed by international associations and leavened by principles of cultural respect, toleration, and enlightenment. The structures of social democracy must, in short, be adapted to the exigencies of globalization, as has already occurred in countries with the most successful social-democratic practices.
- A ground breaking new book by Thomas Meyer, a leading theorist of contemporary politics
- this book is the first attempt to write a theory of social democracy from first principles for a very long time and so could be potentially groundbreaking
- likely to prove a highly influential book, and a benchmark for future debates in this area
- an essential book on upper-level courses of social democracy, but also indispensible reading to all scholars and readers interested in the possibility of social democracy and what that might mean in the global age
“This is an excellent book to give to students to make them think about the differences between various types of social democracy, also about the difference between liberal and social democracy. It is likely to prove highly influential and to be a benchmark for future debates.”
Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge