Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

European Socialists and the State in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Editors: Fulla, Mathieu, Lazar, Marc (Eds.)

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  • Reconsiders the complex and often ambiguous relationship between Western European socialist organizations and the state
  • Connects the history of the Labour movement and the history of the contemporary state, uniting social and political historians
  • Takes a transnational and comparative approach to the history of socialism, tracing the circulation of ideas, people and practices across national boundaries
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This edited volume promotes a comparative and transnational approach to the complex and ambiguous relationship between West European socialism and the contemporary state over the longue durée. It encourages a better understanding of socialism while also casting an original light on the history of the contemporary state in Europe. Socialists have been a prime political force since the late nineteenth century through to the present. Through their strength, their presence at the heart of societies, their dynamism, inventiveness, and influence, they have left their mark on the European physiognomy and helped to forge part of its identity. This is particularly true where the welfare state is concerned, and the role played by the state in constructing, embedding, and extending this social model. Surprisingly, there has been no research aiming to systematically analyse the relationship between socialism and the state. This volume fills a gap in knowledge by rejecting the media simplification and political polemic maintained by opponents of socialism – and sometimes by socialists themselves – which systematically links socialism with “statism”. It focuses on numerous case studies involving France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, and highlights the diversity of organisations within European socialism. Ultimately, this book demonstrates that the fate of this political culture depends on the socialist parties themselves but also on any new configurations that states may assume. Conversely, the future of states will also depend partly on the choices made by socialists, if they still exist and still have the means to shape decisions and make their voices heard.


About the authors

Mathieu Fulla is Faculty Member at the Centre for History at Sciences Po, France. His research focuses on the history of labour movements in Western Europe and the political and economic history of Europe from 1945 to the present. 

Marc Lazar is Professor of Political History and Sociology and Director of the Centre for History at Sciences Po, France. His research interests include the Left in Western Europe, the Political history of France and Italy after WW II, and populism and populists in Europe.

Table of contents (21 chapters)

Table of contents (21 chapters)
  • European Socialists and the State: A Comparative and Transnational Approach

    Pages 1-26

    Fulla, Mathieu (et al.)

  • Using the State to Democratise it. Introduction to Part I

    Pages 29-33

    Fulla, Mathieu

  • Between Challenging the Authoritarian State and Democratising It: German Social Democracy, 1914–1945

    Pages 35-55

    Berger, Stefan

  • French Socialists and the State, 1905–2017

    Pages 57-75

    Bergounioux, Alain

  • The Planist Temptation: Belgian Social Democracy and the State During the Great Depression, c. 1929–c. 1936

    Pages 77-96

    Milani, Tommaso

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
European Socialists and the State in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Editors
  • Mathieu Fulla
  • Marc Lazar
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41540-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41540-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41539-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 400
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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