Social Democracy in Neoliberal Times: The Left and Economic Policy since 1980

Paperback | April 15, 2001

EditorAndrew Glyn

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Never has the Left held power in so many advanced economies, yet never has the difference that this makes to economic policy been so hard to specify. Across a range of European countries and in Australia governments of the Left have struggled to chart a distinctive course in the face of theneoliberal backlash against state intervention, the welfare state, and guaranteed full employment. This volume is the first to examine the records of these governments in securing high employment and a more equal distribution of income in the face of slow growth and global pressures to reduceinflation. Detailed studies of governments from Mitterrand to Blair and from Keating to Papandreou by leading writers from the countries are complemented by surveys of experience of the welfare state and of the ideological and historical background to these governments' attempts to further theobjectives of social democracy.

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Never has the Left held power in so many advanced economies, yet never has the difference that this makes to economic policy been so hard to specify. Across a range of European countries and in Australia governments of the Left have struggled to chart a distinctive course in the face of theneoliberal backlash against state intervention...

Andrew Glyn is Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is also Consultant to the National Union of Mineworkers, ILO, and the UN. He has previously worked for H.M. Treasury and for the University of Tokyo.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Andrew Glyn: Introduction2. Juhana Vartiainen: Understanding Swedish Democracy: Victims of Success3. Alois Guger: The Austrian Experience4. John Quiggin: Social Democracy and Market Reform in Australia and New Zealand5. Frederic Lordon: The Logic and Limits of Desinflation Competitive6. Euclid Tsakalotos: The Political Economy of Social Democratic Economic Policies: The PASOK Experiment in Greece7. Albert Recio and Jordi Roca: The Spanish Socialists in Power: Thirteen Years of Economic Policy8. Andrew Glyn and Stewart Wood: New Labour's Economic Policy9. Tadeusz Kowalik: Why the Social Democratic Option Failed: Poland's Experience of Systemic Change10. Torben Iversen: The Choices for Scandinavian Social Democracy in Comparative Perspective11. Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens: The Social Democratic Welfare State12. Adam Przeworski: How Many Ways can be Third?

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`provides an invaluable reference work for learning from the local successes and pervasive limitations of social democracy in the 1980s and 1990s'Red Pepper