© 2012

The Future of European Social Democracy

Building the Good Society

  • Henning Meyer
  • Jonathan Rutherford
Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Henning Meyer, Jonathan Rutherford
      Pages 3-9
  3. Social Democracy in Europe

  4. A New Political Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Sebastian Dullien, Hansjörg Herr, Christian Kellermann
      Pages 57-73
  5. Re-Framing Social Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Elisabeth Wehling, George Lakoff
      Pages 93-106
    3. Dimitris Tsarouhas
      Pages 107-119
  6. Political Futures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Jonathan Rutherford
      Pages 137-151
    3. Jenny Andersson
      Pages 166-176
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193

About this book


European social democracy is in crisis. In the last decade it has ceased to be about either society or democracy. The authors explore its values, how it can be revived and what kind of political economy it requires to thrive. This book includes a foreword by the two leaders of the 'Building the Good Society' project, Andrea Nahles and Jon Cruddas.


capitalism Communitarianism democracy economy Europe policy political economy politics Zivilgesellschaft

Editors and affiliations

  • Henning Meyer
    • 1
  • Jonathan Rutherford
    • 2
  1. 1.Government DepartmentLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUK
  2. 2.Department of MediaMiddlesex UniversityUK

About the editors

JENNY ANDERSSON CNRS Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies (CERI), Sciences Po, Paris, France, and Associate Professor at the Swedish Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, Sweden STEFAN BERGER Professor of Modern German and Comparative European History at the University of Manchester, UK, where he is also Director of the Manchester Jean-Monnet Centre of Excellence STEFAN COLLIGNON Professor of Political Economy and the founder of the Euro Asia Forum at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy. He is also International Chief Economist of the Centro Europa Ricerche (CER), Roma COLIN CROUCH Professor of Governance and Public Management at the Business School of Warwick University, UK SEBASTIAN DULLIEN Professor for International Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany DEBORAH GRAYSON Professional activist and writer HANSJÖRG HERR, Professor at the Berlin School of Economics, Germany ISABELLE HERTNER Lecturer in European Studies and German at King's College, London, UK CHRISTIAN KELLERMANN Director of the Nordic Office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in Stockholm, Sweden CHRISTIAN KROLL Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA GEORGE LAKOFF Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, USA BEN LITTLE Lecturer in Media and Cultural studies at Middlesex University, UK JAMES SLOAM Senior Lecturer in Politics and Co-Director of the Centre for European Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations Royal Holloway, University of London, UK DIMITRIS TSAROUHAS Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations, Bilkent University, Turkey ELISABETH WEHLING Ph.D student in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Social democracy is on the retreat across Europe. A wave of new liberal and conservative governments have swept social democrats out of office, posing a series of fundamental questions about the nature and vitality of social democracy today. This book provides a systematic response to this and sets down pathways to reshape the social democratic project for the challenges of an era marked by the impact of the global financial crisis, renewed questions of political legitimacy and the contradictions of a global world - where the pressure to openness of economy and politics sits side by side with the pressure to reassert national politics and national identities.'

- David Held, Master of University College and Chair of Politics and International Relations, University of Durham, UK

'The much needed compendium of everything you may wish to know to understand (and, hopefully, to arrest) the forces behind the current falling apart of the social-democratic project. The editors have managed to secure cooperation of the most acute and insightful analysts of a paramount and most seminal, while portentous, phenomenon of our times.'

- Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds, UK