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Social Democracy in Practice

Pradip Bose (Author)
Synopsis The end of the cold war in the last decade of the 20th century did not yield the expected “peace dividends” and was marked by bitter conflicts, based on religion and ethnicity, which have become pronounced and terrifying. At the same time, commercial and consumerist factors are in the ascendant and accelerating the process of globalisation. This, in its turn, is undermining democracy. The very assumptions of the Democratic State are being challenged. In this context, a look back at the socialist International provides insights for understanding the confused march of the post-cold war world because Social Democracy has been and is very much a part of the contemporary political processes. It was towards the end of the Second World War that certain individuals and parties with social democratic orientation came together and began testing the values of equality, justice, freedom and solidarity on the grounds of practical politics. Their efforts led to the formation of the Socialist International (SI). And their task continues. The SI has now acquired global dimensions. As the biggest international political organization. It formulated policies about and responded to the challenges of colonialism, disarmament, the North-South divide, sustainable development environment, globalisation and terrorism. It has also dealt creatively with the problems of democracy and economic development. The SI believes that a simultaneous tackling of these challenges will lead to ‘humane global governance’. The book unfolds the saga of the bold intellectual and political initiatives of the SI in its quest for social democratic solutions to the diverse and acute problems confronting the contemporary world.
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About the author

Pradip Bose

Pradip Bose, a journalist and author of books on politics, ideology and history, was the Assistant Secretary of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) at its headquarters in Vienna in the early 1960s. He represented the IUSY on the socialist International’s “Subcommittee for Developing Areas”, Thus beginning his interaction with the SI. In the 1980s he was the founder-General Secretary of the Indian Centre for Democratic Socialism (ICDS) in New Delhi, with which SI developed “friendly” relation in the 1990s. The author represented this organization at the meetings of the Council of the SI in Tokyo and of the SI Committee for Asia and the Pacific Region in Kathmandu. He also attended its Congress in Berlin. The absence of any comprehensive book on the SI in English persuaded him to write the book, social Democracy in Practice; Socialist International 1951-2001. Since he is an Indian, it has been written from a “Third World” perspective.

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Bibliographic information

Title Social Democracy in Practice
Author Pradip Bose
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Authors Press
Language: English
isbn 8172731752
length xxii+436p., Appendices; Index; 23cm.