14 June 2017: Herbert Kitschelt on the Future of Social Democracy

When and where?

  • Date: Wednesday 14 June 2017
  • Time: 16:30-17:00
  • Venue: Leiden University, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Pieter de la Court building, Room 1.A20 (Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden)

A contrarian’s case

Herbert Kitschelt will make a contrarian’s case. The future of social democracy is not as grim as many may currently surmise. But it depends on what we mean by social democracy: The basic idea or its concrete incarnation in party organisations carrying the social democratic label? Are we dealing with specific social policy legacies or basic political-ethical principles of economic distribution and political governance? Of course, any optimism about social democracy will have to be tempered by cautious amendments: Much depends on the salience and relationship among dimensions of party competition.

About the speaker

Herbert Kitschelt is George V. Allen Professor of International Relations at Duke University. He is a political scientist specialising in comparative political parties and elections in established and new democracies, comparative public policy/political economy, and 20th century social theory. More about his research and publications can be found on his Duke profile page.