The Bed you Made: Social Democracy and Industrial Policy in the EU

Angela Wigger, Laura Horn

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Many observers seem puzzled by the demise of social democracy in the
context of the EU. While some frame the developments in the context
of the electoral woes of the centre-left at Member State level (Pauly
2018), others see a paradox: while social democratic policies and parties are highly in favour of the European project, the European project
damages their electoral chances the most (Holmes and Lightfoot 2014:
228). This apparent paradox can be resolved quite easily, however, when
adopting a critical political economy perspective and investigating the
dissonance between social democratic commitments and the actual policies pursued at EU level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiverging Capitalisms : Britain, the City of London and Europe
EditorsColin Hay , Daniel Bailey
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-03414-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-03415-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesBuilding a Sustainable Political Economy: SPERI Research & Policy

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