With a combined focus on social democrats in Northern and Southern Europe, this book crucially broadens our understanding of the transformation of European social democracy from the mid-1970s to the early-1990s.

In doing so, it revisits the transformation of this ideological family at the end of the Cold War, and before the launch of Third Way politics, and examines the dynamics and power relations at play among European social democratic parties in a context of nascent globalisation. The chronological, methodological and geographical approaches adopted allow for a more nuanced narrative of change for European social democracy than the hitherto dominant centric perspective.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of social democracy, the European Centre-left, political parties, ideologies and more broadly to comparative politics and European politics and history.


The Introduction chapter of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

chapter |8 pages


North and South in European and global social democracy

chapter 2|19 pages

From democratic socialism to neoliberalisation

Political and ideological evolution of Nordic Social Democrats and Portuguese Socialists after the economic crisis of the 1970s

chapter 4|17 pages

Social democracy, globalisation and the ambiguities of “Europeanisation”

Revisiting the Southern European crises of the 1970s

chapter 5|21 pages

Logics of influence

European Social Democrats and the Iberian transitions to democracy

chapter 6|19 pages

Radicalism and reformism in Post-war Italian socialism

A comparative view

chapter 7|18 pages

Cultural affinity and small-state solidarity

Sweden and Global North–South relations in the 1970s 1

chapter 8|13 pages

Looking South

The role of Portuguese democratisation in the Socialist International's initiatives towards Latin America in the 1970s

chapter 10|18 pages

Defining progress in post-war Mediterranean

Communist Movements and their influence in Algeria and Egypt after 1945

chapter |9 pages


North-South and Social Democratic transformations in Europe and beyond