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Title: European integration and the evolution of Social Democratic ideology, 1970 - 2002: The French and Greek cases in comparative perspective
Author: Kyzirakos, Evangelos Elias
ISNI:       0000 0001 3603 4577
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: The University of Essex pre-October 2008
Date of Award: 2008
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A plurality of interpretations of the reasons behind the evolution ofthe Social Democratic parties exists. Underestimated though in this literature is the exploration of the influence that the close involvement of the Social Democratic parties with the European Integration process and the emerging European Polity i.e. the European Union has had in the ideological evolution of the Social Democratic parties. My thesis constitutes a mix research design were the combination of quantitative research (Party Manifesto Data) is combined with Qualitative Research (Case Studies). The analysis and quantitative evaluation of the manifestos that the Social Democratic parties have presented to the electorate, allows me to detect the evolution of the Social Democratic parties' ideology objectively and thus establish the ideological trends that exist across country and time, without facing any methodological differences due to data unavailability or data incompatibility. Variables which constitute core elements of Social Democracy party ideology are thus selected and the findings of our research graphically presented. The evolvement of the Social Democratic parties to the most pro European Union party family is established. The findings of the Party Manifesto data is then cross examined with the data provided by the Euro barometer surveys. Two case studies are under taken in order to establish that the results of our quantitative research are valid. The French PS and Greek PASOK are selected in order to represent the European Union's core and periphery as well as different economic development s~atus. As the European Integration has been embedded with neoliberal policies, the long march of the Social Democratic parties from the implementation of one state Keynesian economic policy to the search for a Social Democratic European polity has ended with the incorporation of the neoliberal paradigm within the Social Democracy ideology.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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