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Alternatives to NeoliberalismTowards Equality and Democracy$
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Bryn Jones and Mike O'Donnell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331148

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331148.001.0001

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Neoliberalism and social democracy

Neoliberalism and social democracy

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(p.195) Ten Neoliberalism and social democracy
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Alternatives to Neoliberalism
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Colin Crouch

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331148.003.0011

In this chapter Colin Crouch pursues a social democratic approach to social order and equity in contrast to the relentless market nostrums of neoliberalism and the over-centralised solutions of state socialism. It addresses the vexed question of which social group, groups or movements, are best positioned to act as the key agent or agents to secure and progress social democracy. Crouch sets out the case for the needs and interests of women now being the prime ‘motors’ of change; partly analogous to the role of trade unions and labour organisations in classical social democracy. Citing lifeworld aspects, such as the work-life balance and the gendered division of domestic labour, Crouch argues that a refocused and revamped social democratic state is the best mechanism for improving these areas of popular concern. The trends and projections which Crouch identifies complement and ‘materialise’ the principles of ‘natural’ well-being argued for in Part I of the book and which, if implemented, could pave the way to wider social justice including greater economic equity.

Keywords:   citizenship, class, markets, social democracy, social movements, state, women, work life balance

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