Labour Parties in Postindustrial Societies

Labour Parties in Postindustrial Societies

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Vast changes in western societies have dimmed the prospects of the labour-based political parties that emerged a century ago, and then became major contenders for government power. The contributions in this volume, coming from international commentators, make evident the problems generated for left parties by the emerging postindustrial international economic order. Not only are traditional working class constituencies shrinking, but traditional projects are losing force and credibility as the world in which they were crafted is transformed. Despite common difficulties, each party confronts the new problems of postindustrialism in the context of different national political heritages, and weighted by different internal party legacies. These differences, in turn, go far toward explaining the relative success of some parties, and the disarray of more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 475g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2 figures, 20 tables, index
  • 0745609171
  • 9780745609171

Table of contents

The decline of labour parties, Frances Fox Piven; labour force changes, working class decline and the labour vote, Ivor Crewe; class, consumption and collectivism, Joel Krieger; the changing face of popular power in France, George Ross; Swedish social democracy and the transition from industrial to postindustrial politics, Goran Therborn; smooth consolidation in the West German Welfare State, Claus Offe; postindustrial cleavage structures, Gosta Esping-Andersen; electoral politics and economic control in Israel, Asher Arian and Ilan Talmud; the roots of social democratic populism in Canada, Neil Bradford and Jane Jenson; the Democratic Party and city politics in the postindustrial era, Alan DiGaetano; structural constraints and political development, Frances Fox more