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How has solidarity been defined, and how has it changed from the early 19th century until today? This unique volume systematically compares the many different conceptions of this central political idea held by Europeans over the past two centuries. It covers social and political theory, Protestant and Catholic social ethics and an analysis of how social democratic, Christian democratic, communist and fascist parties in most European countries have viewed solidarity.Read more
- A comprehensive study of the idea of solidarity
- Explores the development of the idea in a range of different political parties in eight European nations
- Provides a systematic analysis of the development and characteristics of the social democratic and Christian democratic ideas of solidarity
Reviews & endorsements
"...the book must be regarded as a useful complement to the political science literature on the European welfare state."
Political Studies ReviewSee more reviews
"...its rigorous scholarship and rich research base should repay concentrated attention by anyone concerned with the health of contemporary Western society, or for that matter of the global community."
Journal of Church and State, David J. Diephouse, Calvin College
"Steinar Stjerno's important and fascinating book will be valuable to political theorists and sociologists interested in the idea of solidarity from the nineteenth century through the present, to political historians concerned about the uses of solidarity in the political discourses of left-wing, religious, and fascist parties and movements, and to historians of political thought and of ideas who address methodological questions in their field."
Perspectives on Politics
"Stjerno has produced a detailed thorough and that covers a wide spectrum of social and political thought...a particular important contribution...The book will be indispensable for anyone interested in the theoretical aspects of social welfare."
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- Date Published: March 2005
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521843942
- length: 408 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
- weight: 0.77kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: to study the idea of solidarity
Part I. Three Traditions of Solidarity:
1. Solidarity in classic social theory
2. Politics: solidarity from Marx to Bernstein
3. Religion: solidarity in Catholicism and Protestantism
Part II. The Idea of Solidarity in Politics in Western Europe:
4. European variations of solidarity discourses in social democracy
5. A comparative perspective on social democratic solidarity
6. The great challenger: the Christian democratic idea of solidarity
7. The languages of modern social democratic and Christian democratic solidarity
8. Two excursions: Marxist-Leninist and fascist solidarity
Part III. Present Precariousness of Solidarity:
9. Solidarity in modern social philosophy and Christian ethics
10. Epilogue: hope and challenges - individualisation, consumerism and globalisation.
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