The Crisis of Social Democracy: From Norway to Europe

Wahl, Asbjorn

Publisher:  The Bullet
Date Written:  20/02/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22004

With social democratic parties in Europe suffering poor election results and significant setbacks, this article puts the current crisis in historical context, and how resolution and success will depend on more radical solutions.



The dominant role of social democracy in much of 20th century Europe can hardly be understood without an analysis of how the economy and class relations developed during this period. Most important in this connection is the shift from confrontation to compromise in the relationship between the trade union and labour movement on one side and the employers/right-wing forces on the other. This historic compromise between labour and capital was the result of comprehensive class struggles that shifted the balance of power in favour of labour.
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