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The ascendancy of neo-liberalism in different parts of the world has put
social democracy on the defensive. Its adherents lack a clear rationale for
their policies. Yet a justification for social democracy is implicit in the
United Nations Covenants on Human Rights, ratified by most of the worlds
countries. The covenants commit all nations to guarantee that their citizens
shall enjoy the traditional formal rights; but they likewise pledge governments
to make those rights meaningful in the real world by providing social security
and cultural recognition to every person.
This new book provides a systematic defence of social democracy for our
contemporary global age. The authors argue that the claims to legitimation
implicit in democratic theory can be honored only by social democracy;
libertarian democracies are defective in failing to protect their citizens
adequately against social, economic, and environmental risks that only
collective action can obviate. Ultimately, social democracy provides both a
fairer and more stable social order.
But can social democracy survive in a world characterized by pervasive
processes of globalization? This book asserts that globalization need not
undermine social democracy if it is harnessed by international associations and
leavened by principles of cultural respect, toleration, and enlightenment. The
structures of social democracy must, in short, be adapted to the exigencies of
globalization, as has already occurred in countries with the most successful