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CIC Toronto: Can the Idea of Social Democracy be Rescued?

May 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

For many decades, Scandinavia was the celebrated heartland of classic social democracy. The strength of left-wing parties and progressive compromises between workers, employers and government enabled a commitment to full employment policies and generous welfare entitlements that produced social trust and democratic stability.

Yet the advent of liberalization and globalization has put these historic achievements under pressure since the 1980s. Moreover, the last decade has witnessed the rise of far right parties, channeling rising nativism and anti-immigrant sentiments, in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.

What explains these dramatic changes? Are they also related to increasing problems of inequality and democracy in the global South? If so, are there innovations and alliances that social democrats across these regions can learn and build?

The distinguished social scientist Olle Törnquist explores these questions in conversation with Sanjay Ruparelia.




Note: This is an in-person event at the Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). This event will not be live streamed but the replay will be made available to watch on TPL’s YouTube channel.

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May 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8 Canada
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CIC Toronto Branch