Social Democratic Parties and the Working Class

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Rennwald Line, "Social Democratic Parties and the Working Class", Springer Nature, 2020, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-46239-0, License:

This open access book carefully explores the relationship between social democracy and its working-class electorate in Western Europe. Relying on different indicators, it demonstrates an important transformation in the class basis of social democracy. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the working-class vote is strongly fragmented and social democratic parties face competition on multiple fronts for their core electorate – and not only from radical right parties. Starting from a reflection on ‘working-class parties’ and using a sophisticated class schema, the book paints a nuanced and diversified picture of the trajectory of social democracy that goes beyond a simple shift from working-class to middle-class parties. Following a detailed description, the book reviews possible explanations of workers' new voting patterns and emphasizes the crucial changes in parties' ideologies. It closes with a discussion on the role of the working class in social democracy's future electoral strategies.


Electoral Politics, Political Sociology, Political History, European Politics, Comparative Politics, Open Access, Social Democracy, Electoral Behaviour, Voting Behaviour, Working Class Electorate, Labour Movement, Class Mobilisation, Working Class Party, Party Politics, Industrial Relations, Social Classes And Stratification, Electoral Strategies, Immigration, Service Workers, Radical Left Parties, Radical Right Parties, European Politics, Elections & Referenda, Sociology, Politics & Government, Political Science & Theory, History: Specific Events & Topics, Europe, Comparative Politics

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