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Diversity 2010, 2(6), 897-909; doi:10.3390/d2060897

Diversity or Solidarity? Making Sense of the “New” Social Democracy

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1 Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Plymouth, Room 328, Cookworthy Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK 2 Public Services, School of Management, University of Plymouth, Cookworthy Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Received: 8 April 2010 / Revised: 10 May 2010 / Accepted: 19 May 2010 / Published: 7 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Pluralism)
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One of the key discussions emerging from within the centre and centre-left of British politics is the means of combining a commitment to diversity with the aim of achieving social solidarity. While there has been a populist strand to this debate recently with the contribution of writers such as Goodhart who has argued that diversity specifically undermines the willingness of the majority (white Anglo-Saxons) to pay for collective welfare provision, there has also been recognition of the difficulty of promoting difference and unity from within even the more sympathetic elements of the academic literature. The purpose of this paper is to consider the nature of this dilemma and to propose a tentative solution. In essence we suggest that the problem lies not in creating a fit between the two elements for the sake of making the ‘new’ social democracy work but in rebuilding traditional social democracy.
Keywords: social democracy; diversity; social solidarity social democracy; diversity; social solidarity
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Johns, N.; Hyde, M.; Barton, A. Diversity or Solidarity? Making Sense of the “New” Social Democracy. Diversity 2010, 2, 897-909.

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