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Why the Left Loses – The Decline of the Centre-Left in Comparative Perspective - Policy Press Scholarship Online
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Why the Left Loses: The Decline of the Centre-Left in Comparative Perspective

Rob Manwaring and Paul Kennedy


Social democracy is on the back-foot, and increasingly centre-left political parties are struggling to win office. Since the global financial crisis, if not before, there has been a general decline in the fortunes of social democratic and labour parties. Against these recent developments, there is a long-standing literature that appraises the electoral performance and impact of the left more broadly. Much of the literature on social democracy tends to be pessimistic, and there is a plethora of research that denotes recent developments as a ‘crisis’. Bringing together a range of leading academi ... More

Keywords: social democracy, social democratic politics, social democratic policy, centre-left, neo-liberal age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447332664
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447332664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Manwaring, editor

Paul Kennedy, editor

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