Rethinking European Social Democracy and Socialism : The History of the Centre-Left in Northern and Southern Europe in the Late 20th Century book cover
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Rethinking European Social Democracy and Socialism
The History of the Centre-Left in Northern and Southern Europe in the Late 20th Century

ISBN 9781032020020
Published March 22, 2022 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

With a combined focus on social democrats in Northern and Southern Europe, this book crucially broadens our understanding of the transformation of European social democracy from the mid-1970s to the early-1990s.

In doing so, it revisits the transformation of this ideological family at the end of the Cold War, and before the launch of Third Way politics, and examines the dynamics and power relations at play among European social democratic parties in a context of nascent globalisation. The chronological, methodological and geographical approaches adopted allow for a more nuanced narrative of change for European social democracy than the hitherto dominant centric perspective.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of social democracy, the European Centre-left, political parties, ideologies and more broadly to comparative politics and European politics and history.


The Introduction chapter of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

Table of Contents

Introduction: North and South in European and Global Social Democracy

Alan Granadino, Stefan Nygård and Peter Stadius

1. The Socialist International as a Transnational Political Actor, 1950–1970

Kristian Steinnes

2. From Democratic Socialism to Neoliberalisation: Political and Ideological Evolution of Nordic Social Democrats and Portuguese Socialists After the Economic Crisis of the 1970s

Sami Outinen, Ilkka Kärrylä and Alan Granadino

3. Put (Southern) Europe to work: The Nordic Turn of European Socialists in the Early 1990s

Mathieu Fulla

4. Social Democracy, Globalisation and the Ambiguities of "Europeanisation": Revisiting the Southern European Crises of the 1970s

Michele di Donato

5. Logics of Influence: European Social Democrats and the Iberian Transition to Democracy

Stine Bonsaksen

6. Radicalism and Reformism in Post-war Italian Socialism: A Comparative View

Paolo Borioni

7. Cultural Affinity and Small State Solidarity: Sweden and Global North–South Relations in the 1970s

Andreas Mørkved Hellenes and Carl Marklund

8. Looking South: The Role of Portuguese Democratisation in the Socialist International’s Initiatives Towards Latin America in the 1970s

Ana Monica Fonseca

9. Contribution to the Critique of "Social Democracy in One Country": The Case of Sweden

Olle Törnquist

10. Defining Progress in Post-war Mediterranean: Communist Movements and their Influence in Algeria and Egypt after 1945

Rinna Kullaa

Epilogue: North-South and Social Democratic Transformations in Europe and Beyond

Bernd Rother

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Alan Granadino is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University, Finland.

Stefan Nygård is Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Peter Stadius is Professor in Nordic Studies and Director of the Centre for Nordic Studies, CENS, University of Helsinki, Finland.