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Social democracy and the nation after the crash

  • Date(s)
    17 October 2013
  • Time
    18:30 - 20:00
  • Location
    Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Social democracy and the nation after the crash

Ralph Miliband Programme ‘Nations and Borders’ lecture series in association with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Andrew Gamble
, professor and head of the politics department at the University of Cambridge, will present his chapter in “Progressive Politics after the Crash: Governing from the Left” as part of the LSE's Ralph Miliband programme.

"In 1992 after the fall of communism in Europe, Perry Anderson speculated that it would need a new world crisis for socialism to become relevant again. The 2008 financial crash has produced that world crisis but there are few signs as yet of a rebirth of socialism or of the parties and the movements of the left and centre-left. Part of the reason for this is that the Left no longer has very much to say about capitalism or about the national economy. Social democratic parties adjusted to the more global international political economy which emerged in the 1980s and 1990s and achieved some success, becoming advocates of a new cosmopolitanism.

This was accompanied however by a loss of identification with the national economy, and the interests of some of core elements of their traditional support. This has put social democracy at a disadvantage in navigating the politics of austerity, and ceded the initiative to the Centre-Right and to new populist parties. If it is to prosper social democracy has to rethink the politics of the nation, the politics of capitalism, and the politics of the public household."

Andrew Gamble is Head of the department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, former director of the Political Economy Research Centre and a fellow of the British Academy. He has just published ‘Coming to Terms with Capitalism: Austerity Politics and the Public Household’ in ‘Progressive Politics after the Crash: Governing from the Left’ with the Policy Network. Other notable publications include ‘The Constitutional Revolution in the UK’ (2006), ‘Between Europe and America: The Future of British Politics’ (2005) and ‘Politics and Fate’ (2000).

This Policy Network/LSE event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

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