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Social Democracy in the Global Periphery
Origins, Challenges, Prospects

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  • Date Published: March 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521686877

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  • Social Democracy in the Global Periphery focuses on social-democratic regimes in the developing world that have, to varying degrees, reconciled the needs of achieving growth through globalized markets with extensions of political, social and economic rights. The authors show that opportunities exist to achieve significant social progress, despite a global economic order that favours core industrial countries. Their findings derive from a comparative analysis of four exemplary cases: Kerala (India), Costa Rica, Mauritius and Chile (since 1990). Though unusual, the social and political conditions from which these developing-world social democracies arose are not unique; indeed, pragmatic and proactive social-democratic movements helped create these favourable conditions. The four exemplars have preserved or even improved their social achievements since neoliberalism emerged hegemonic in the 1980s. This demonstrates that certain social-democratic policies and practices - guided by a democratic developmental state - can enhance a national economy's global competitiveness.

    • Provides a truly interdisciplinary and inter-regional analysis with authors complementing one another in regional expertise and academic discipline
    • Extends the debates about social democracy from the developed to the developing world
    • Combines intensive analysis of case studies with comparative analysis of major themes and development experiences
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This impressive collaborative effort crosses disciplinary and regional boundaries to knock the conventional wisdom that globalization has made social democracy impossible on the periphery back on its heels. Grounding their analysis on four fascinating cases that span the globe, the four authors make a compelling case for the possibility of peripheral social democracy. Their book should be required reading for policy-makers and scholars alike."
    Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley

    "This is an outstanding book. It is theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich. In a field dominated by pessimistic books, the message of this book is even inspirational: redistributive efforts in the developing world can work and not at the expense of economic growth. The book makes us understand the political and social preconditions for such benign developmental outcomes. A must read for all students of the developing world."
    Atul Kohli, Princeton University

    "Social Democracy in the Global Periphery accomplishes what the best comparative research aims for. Informed by a full grasp of past work on development, democracy, and social welfare policies as well as thorough local knowledge, the authors scan the range of what is possible and identify in four exceptional cases the causal patterns that allowed equitable social and economic policies to emerge. Remarkably, these include not only favorable conditions for the mobilization of subordinate interests but also early and sustained integration into the international economy. This is a volume of outstanding importance."
    Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Brown University

    "This is a book that restores one's sense of political hope. Against the economic determinism of the 'free market,' these authors argue that it is possible, even in the Third World, to promote economic growth and, at the same time, to advance the cause of justice and solidarity."
    Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

    "Richard Sandbook and his colleagues have written an excellent book on social democracy...conveys an unusual but extremely helpful understanding of social democracy...raises almost as many interesting questions as it answers." --Sheri Berman, Barnard College: Book Reviews, Comparative Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521686877
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Social democracy in the periphery
    2. Burdens of history
    Part II. Case Studies:
    3. Kerala: radical social democracy as democratic deepening
    4. Costa Rica: resilience of a classic social democracy
    5. Mauritius: evolution of a classic social democracy
    6. Chile: the tumultuous path to the third way
    Part III. Patterns and Prospects:
    7. Social and political origins
    8. Challenges of globalization
    9. Prospects.

  • Authors

    Richard Sandbrook, University of Toronto
    Richard Sandbrook is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

    Marc Edelman, Hunter College, City University of New York
    Marc Edelman is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

    Patrick Heller, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Patrick Heller is Professor of Sociology at Brown University.

    Judith Teichman, University of Toronto
    Judith Teichman is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

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