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Social Democracy Renewed? The revisionist tradition on the European centre-left

  • Date(s)
    15 May 2007
  • Time
    4:30 p.m.
  • Location
    Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street

Policy Network, in association with the Fabian Society, hosted a high-profile discussion on the future of social democracy in Britain and Europe on Tuesday 15th May entitled ‘Social Democracy Renewed? The revisionist tradition on the European centre-left’.

The Rt Hon Lord Giles Radice, former Labour Shadow Cabinet member and Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, gave the keynote speech 'In Praise of Revisionism: The Social Democratic Challenge Today'. This was then followed by a panel discussion with responses from Baroness Shirley Williams, Martin Kettle, the Guardian, James Purnell MP, Minister of State for Pension Reform and Sunder Katwala, General Secretary of the Fabian Society.

The debate explored several major contemporary political questions for the progressive left:

    * Does Labour in Britain need a new wave of revisionism after Blair?
    * Are the continental and British models of social democracy compatible?
    * Is the British conception of social democracy converging or diverging with our counterparts across Europe?
    * What are the limits to governing within the parameters of the nation-state, and what are the consequences for the centre-left’s view of the role of the European Union?

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