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01/30/08 Models of Democracy – V VII) Social Democracy 1. The effort to balance individual liberty and social equity a. No clash between these two values, they can support each other 2. The call for gradual, yet cumulative reform a. Convert a capitalist market into a more socially equal market over time by making small changes b. Much better chance of preserving indiv. Liberty while moving closer to social equity c. Marxian argument is that the economic system determines everything else (politics, etc), but political democracy give influence to the “little guy” d. The gov’t is the mechanism for improving the economy/society (the liberals think the opposite) i. Politically mandated economic & social reform 3. The need for collective organization (very larger number of working-class people)
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Unformatted text preview: a. Since they don’t have money, they must counter-balance this w/ organization of numbers b. Party organization + trade union organizations i. Offered social services 4. The importance of a welfare state a. Protection against poverty, alleviation of inequality i. Sweden: 0.5% poverty ii. Rectifying the balance of power iii. Unemployed insurance(universal health care), education, etc. diminishes the power of big business over the worker b. The effort to guarantee full citizenship 5. The extension of democracy into economy and society 6. The BIG question: is social democracy better than liberal democracy?...
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