New book: Rethinking European Social Democracy and Socialism

In this new book, the ReNEW-researchers broaden our understanding of the European social democracy, and its transformation from the mid-1970s to the early-1990s.

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Information about the book

Peter Stadius, Alan Granadino and Stefan Nygård are the authors of the book Rethinking European Social Democracy and Socialism. The history of the Centre-Left in Nothern and Southern Europe in the Late 20th Century.

In this book they give a nuanced narrative of the change for European social democracy through chronological, methodological and geographical approaches.

With a combined focus on social democrats in Northern and Southern Europe, this book crucially broadens our understanding of the transformation of European social democracy from the mid-1970s to the early-1990s. In doing so, it revisits the transformation of this ideological family at the end of the Cold War, and before the launch of Third Way politics, and examines the dynamics and power relations at play among European social democratic parties in a context of nascent globalisation.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students of social democracy, the European Centre-left, political parties, ideologies and more broadly to comparative politics and European politics and history.

Further information

The book can be phurchased at and the Introduction chapter of the book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access at the Taylor & Francis Group website.


Peter Stadius is Professor in Nordic Studies and Director of Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS), University of Helsinki, Finland.

Alan Granadino is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tampere University, Finland.

Stefan Nygård is Senior Researcher in the Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World) is a research hub, funded by Nordforsk and a UiO:Nordic partner. The research hub aims at developing path-breaking research on the Nordic region against the background of an increasingly challenging global context.

Read more about ReNew at our website.

Published Apr. 6, 2022 3:35 PM - Last modified Apr. 6, 2022 3:35 PM