Rethinking Social Democracy

Programme, Sheffield 28-30 June
The Third Rethinking Social Democracy Conference University of Sheffield, UK, 28-30 June 2006

Social Democracy in the Post-Bipolar World: Challenges in the Developed World, Opportunities in the Developing World


Wednesday 28th June
12.00 Lunch
13.30-15.45 Session 1
Plenary The Future of Social Democracy
Rainer Zoll (Bremen) 'Rethinking socialism: 7 Theses'
Gerassimos Moschonas (Panteion, Athens) 'Social Democracy from without: identity change, European Union and the future'
Discussant, John Callaghan (Wolverhampton)

16.00-17.45 Session 2
David Purdy (Stirling) 'Personal autonomy and balanced development'
David McKnight (Sydney, Australia) 'Family, globalisation, and social cohesion'
Richard Weiner (Rhode Island, US) 'The governance of autonomous social law'

Social Europe Panel 'The future of Social Europe'
Chair: Henning Meyer (European Research Forum), Detlev Albers (SDP, Germany), Andreas Helle (PES, European Parliament), Stephen Haseler (European Research Forum)

19.00 Wine reception (Hosted by Social Europe)
19.30 Dinner

Thursday 29th June
09.30-10.45 Session 3
Ashley Lavelle (Griffith, Australia) 'Structural constraints on social democracy: comparative evidence from Germany and Sweden'
Craig Phelan (Wales) 'The global future of organised labour: historiographical assessment'
Adrian Zimmerman (Lausanne) 'Rethinking industrial democracy'

Eric Shaw (Stirling) 'Developed Social Democracy in the UK - is what works what counts?'
Rajiv Prabhakar (LSE) 'The Child Trust Fund: evidence of popular reactions to "progressive universalism"'
Andy Pearmain (East Anglia) 'Labour must die'

Sue Branford 'PT in Brazil: obstacles to delivering social justice'
Valeria Guarneros-Meza (De Montfort) 'Multi-level governance and participation in Mexico'
Guy Burton (ISA London) 'Third ways in the third world: social democracy and education policy in the Ceará and Rio Grande do Sul State governments, Brazil'

10.45 Break

11.00 - 12.45 Session 4
Jonathan Perraton (Sheffield) 'Alternative economic strategies in the South'
Debashish Bhattacherjee (Calcutta) 'The new left, globalisation and trade unions in West Bengal'
Hugh Compston (Cardiff) 'Long-term policy pressures on social democratic governments'

Geraldine Lievesley (Manchester Metropolitan) 'Is Latin America moving leftwards? Problems and prospects for radical social democracy'
Julia Buxton (Bradford) 'Venezuela: Bolivarianism and democracy'
Sara Motta-Mera (LSE) 'Venezuela: Reinventing social democracy in the 21st Century?'

Nina Fishman (Westminster) 'Post-industrial social democracy'
Ben Jackson (Oxford) 'The Rhetoric of Redistribution'
Martin McIvor (Catalyst) 'The relevance of left intellectual traditions'

13.00 Lunch

14.15-15.45 Session 5
Plenary The Struggle for Social Justice in Latin America Today
Rene Mujica Cantelar, Ambassador, and Silvia Blanca, First Secretary and Head of the Scientific and Cultural Office, Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

15.45 Break

16.00-17.45 Session 6
Anneke Ribberink (Amsterdam) 'An egalitarian Prime Minister: Gro Harlem Brundtland (1981, 1986-1989, 1990-1996)'
Robert Taylor (Nuffield) 'The direction of Swedish social democracy'
Dimitris Tsarouhas (Ankara) 'Ideas, Institutions and Interests: the Swedish Model revisited'

Francisco Dominguez (Middlesex) 'The latinamericanisation of the politics of emancipation'
Teresa Orosa Fraiz (Havana) 'Third Age social justice in Cuba'
Steve Ludlam (Sheffield) 'Cuba: post-bipolar Marti'an social democracy?'

Lawrence Black (Durham) 'Post-industrial Labour politics: some historical origins of New Labour's creative economy'
Kevin Hickson (Liverpool) 'New Labour, the third way, and the egalitarian tradition'
Jeremy Nuttall (Kingston) 'Social democracy through intelligence'

18.30 Depart for Conference Dinner, Monsal Head Hotel

After dinner speaker, Richard Corbett MEP

Friday 30th June

09.30-11.15 Session 7
Compass Panel 'The future of social democracy in the UK: issues, agents, narratives'
Chair Ed Miliband MP, Hetan Shah (Compass ) 'Issues', Martin McIvor (Catalyst) 'Agents', Stephen Hale (DEFRA Special Advisor) 'Narratives'.

Hartwig Pautz (Glasgow Caledonian) 'The modernisation of German social democracy: third way, Neue Mitte and Agenda 2010'
Simon Sweeney (Leeds) 'Soft Power and the European Social Model'
Oleksandr Svyetlov (Ukraine) 'Redefining social democracy: The case study of Ukraine's Social Democratic United Party (SDPU(o)): party programme vs. reality'

11.30 Session 8
Final plenary Ed Miliband MP

13.00 Lunch

For information and registration see:

Jana Tillotson
RSD Series Administrator