Exploring the cultural challenges to social democracy
Anti-migration populism, identity and community in
an age of insecurity
This substantial new Amsterdam Process publication confronts the choices and dilemmas facing European social democratic parties as they respond
to popular concerns about culture, migration and identity.
♦ Popular concerns over culture, migration and identity are of considerable
importance to the future of European social democracy; their neglect marks a
significant weakness and vulnerability.
♦ In losing sight of the need to provide people with a modern sense of
belonging, community and collective mission, the centre-left is losing its
guiding voice and with it the right to be heard by voters.
♦ The struggle to empathise with societal unease and respond to
anti-immigrant, anti-elite and anti-Islamic populism is creating cleavages and
fissures which cut through both the movement’s electoral constituencies and its
parties’ political and policymaking fraternities.
The papers in this volume were presented at an international conference in Berlin on 20-21 January 2011. This Amsterdam Process conference, organised by Policy Network and the Wiardi Beckman Stichting in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Das Progressive Zentrum,
brought together senior political leaders, experts and policymakers
from across Europe to discuss the cultural challenges to social
democracy. Keynote speakers included: Frank Walter Steinmeier, leader of the SPD parliamentary group in the German Bundestag; Job Cohen, Leader of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA); and Trevor Phillips, chair of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.
side of the argument? The centre-left’s response to migration and
Tim Bale, University of Sussex
communitarians: the left’s civil war
revolt against cosmopolitanism
René Cuperus, Wiardi Beckman
to populist value triangulation
University of Nice
electorate set free: culture, symbolism and social
Mark Elchardus, University of Brussels
should embrace diversity
Philippe Legrain, author and
I’s: Immigration, Integration and Islam
Trevor Phillips, UK
Equality and Human Rights Commission
multiculturalism: a social democratic response to cultural
Elena Jurado, Policy Network
matter: What is needed for a competent immigration policy and effective
Shamit Saggar, University of Sussex
The open society and its believers
Paul Scheffer, University of Amsterdam
democracy and the fall-out from multicultural
Dilsa Demirbag Sten, Swedish author and
How can social democrats
cherish identity and community in a multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan
Maurice Glasman, London Metropolitan
suburbia in an age of insecurity: hard times on the
Rupa Huq, Kingston University
politics in Europe, Flanders and Belgium
University of Brussels
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