The Rise and Fall of Social Democracy, 1918–2017

@article{Benedetto2020TheRA,
  title={The Rise and Fall of Social Democracy, 1918–2017},
  author={G. Benedetto and S. Hix and N. Mastrorocco},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2020},
  volume={114},
  pages={928 - 939}
}
We describe the electoral history of one of Europe’s most successful party families over the past 100 years in 31 countries. With a unique and newly collected dataset of national election results and a large number of economic and social variables measured for each country-election observation, we find that two main factors drive the electoral performance of social democratic parties: public-sector spending and the size of the manufacturing sector. Our findings suggest that most of the fall in… Expand
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