The Future of European Social Democracy

Spring 2011: Friday, February 25
Rhodes Conference Room 223 | Sanford Building
*Free and open to the public* 

The Future of European Social Democracy, an international conference sponsored by the Center for European Studies at Duke University with support from the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Social democracy drove the intellectual imagination and political economies of Europe for much of the twentieth century. In the 1990s, many European countries went through significant transitions whereby the ideas, programs and vision of social democracy appeared to be challenged. When and if “third-way” Social Democrats returned to political power, the nature of social democracy seemed to undergo revision. Nevertheless, many scholars have pushed back against these developments and reexamined the roots, ideas, and politics of social democracy. As a result, there continue to be sound intellectual reasons to investigate the contemporary history and future of European social democracy. We are pleased to have five esteemed speakers who will present their work on this topic.

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Catherine Bolzendahl | Sociology, University of California at Irvine

John Campbell | Sociology, Dartmouth College

Martin Elff | Political Science, University of Essex

Kimberly Morgan | Political Science, George Washington University

Donald Sassoon | History, Queen Mary University of London

The conference will conclude with a presentation by Professor Barry Eichengreen, the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkley, as part of the University Seminar on Global Governance & Democracy hosted by the Duke University Center for International Studies. Professor Eichengreen has conducted research and published widely on the European Union, the financial crisis, and European political economy.