Populism and the Decline of Social Democracy

  title={Populism and the Decline of Social Democracy},
  author={Sheri Berman and Maria Snegovaya},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={19 - 5}
Abstract:Across Europe and many other parts of the world, traditional parties of the left seem to be in terminal decline. While there are many reasons for this, we argue that the most important was the left's shift to the center on economic issues during the late twentieth century. Although this shift made some sense in the short-term, over the long-term it had deleterious, perhaps even fatal, consequences: It watered down the left's distinctive historical profile; rendered socialist and social… 
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