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Social Democracy A social democracy is a government in which policy is used in order to redistribute wealth equally between differing classes of citizens. Social democratic governments generally attempt to accomplish this through taxation or government spending on social welfare programs. Germany is no exception. The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has held power since the early twentieth century, holding strong control over German government for nearly 40 years. (Rippert, 2005) There is reason to believe that, though social democracy seems to be engrained in German politics and history, it has been very much in decline in recent years. This decline in social democracy has been indicated through social policies regarding the role of the German government in the economy and its willingness to spend money in order to lessen economic pressure on less privileged citizens. In March of 2003, then chancellor and SPD leader Gerhard Schroeder introduced a set of social
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