Social democratic parties are losing support across Europe. We are joined by Tarik Abou-Chadi (@tabouchadi, University of Zurich) to help us make sense of this development. We briefly discuss the recent European election results, particularly in Tarik’s home country of Germany, before shifting to a broader conversation on the electoral fortunes of social democratic parties. Tarik also explains why in the long run a shift to more nationalist policy positions will not save social democracy.
- Abou-Chadi, T. and Wagner, M. (2019) The electoral appeal of party strategies in post-industrial societies: when can the Mainstream Left succeed?
- Lipset, S.M. (1959) Democracy and Working-Class Authoritarianism
- Mudde, C. (2019) Why copying the populist right isn’t going to save the left