Depleted Capital: The State of European Social Democracy

Ed Miliband speaks at a British Labour Party campaign rally in May, 2015 (U.K. Labour Party photo).
Ed Miliband speaks at a British Labour Party campaign rally in May, 2015 (U.K. Labour Party photo).
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Editor’s note: The following article is one of 30 that we’ve selected from our archives to celebrate World Politics Review’s 15th anniversary. You can find the full collection here. Over the past decade, social democratic parties across Western Europe have been in ignominious retreat. The center-left’s electoral decline has been remarkable. Even where social democrats have attained governmental power, often in coalition with other parties, their experience has been unhappy and often quickly followed by defeat. As a result, many commentators insist that social democracy as a social movement and a political tradition has lost its vitality and is destined to […]

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