Social democracy for the next generation – Points for a debate

Our society has changed is an introductory sentence to most of the groundbreaking, ideological debates. […]

Policy Study

09/10/2014

Our society has changed is an introductory sentence to most of the groundbreaking, ideological debates. Surely, it steadily evolves. The generations are being replaced by the “future” ones, which while growing older take not only their place within an adult world, but also gain influence and shape reality. Their specific approach, formed by history on one side and by the demands of contemporary challenges on the other, is what makes the times they live in characteristic and unique.

Naturally, the debate on the renewal of the European social democracy incorporates the elaborations on how the society changed. There are several methodological approaches one can imagine to take in order to assess these transformation – to name few examples, one can see it via the prism of sociology (using the concepts such as class to describe that), via prism of anthropology (looking at the cultural dimension) or political sciences (examining the developments within the political system and the meaning of political representation).

Surely more challenging would be an attempt to merge these methods, which is also what reports available on the EU level (such as Eurostat, Eurobarometer) would encourage to do. That would invite to analyse specifically an age group – so called “future” generation (age 15 – 30) of Europeans. Reaching the overall result in which the general behavioural tendencies were analysed could be of a great importance for social democracy in its attempt to rebuild itself, re-establish the connection between them as political formation and the society, and ultimately regain power.

For the below enclosed deliberations, following sources were used: FEPS Next Left Focus Group Discussion Paper and meetings materials, EU statistical datas (Eurostat, Eurobarometer), EP and EC Reports, and last but not least the materials of the S&D Group Round Table on youth and social democracy (which took place in Brussels, Belgium on 12th May 2010).
The remarks are of a general nature. One could argue that further, in-depth studies would be necessary to enrich the findings and make them more feasible for practical use. Authors agree with that assessment, underlining that the aim is to draw attention to certain interesting aspects rather than provide a full fledged, complete answers.

Find all related publications
Publications
08/11/2022

Building resilient democracies

Challenges and solutions across the globe
10/10/2022

Builders of Progress – Survey

Europe’s largest Gen Z-focused research ever conducted
28/09/2022

Towards a social democratic century? 

How European and global social democracy can steer a course through the crises
27/09/2022

Enduring values

How progressives across Europe can win
Find all related events
Events
Upcoming
21/01/2023
London, United Kingdom

Pathway to power

FEPS-Fabians new year conference 2023
Past
29/11/2022
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Builders of Progress: Report presentation

FEPS together with ThinkYoung and Društvo Progresiva presented the report ‘Builders of Progress: Europe’s NextGen‘ in Ljubljana. The […]
21/11/2022
Madrid, Spain

Builders of Progress: Report presentation

FEPS together with ThinkYoung and the Felipe Gonzàlez Foundation presented the report ‘Builders of Progress: […]
Find all related news
News
20/10/2022

Europe’s largest Gen Z-focused research ever conducted

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and ThinkYoung have conducted, over 3 years, Europe’s […]
12/05/2022

New report shows young Europeans fear war spreading across Europe and call on EU countries to spend more on defence

Brussels, 12 May 2022 – As war continues to rage in Ukraine, a new survey has found that nearly […]
16/04/2022

Solidarity between generations strengthens democracy

It is time to empower Europe’s younger and older generations to fully participate in democracy […]
28/01/2022

Roberto Gualtieri is FEPS’ Progressive Person of the Year

The recently-elected mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri was named Progressive Person of the Year by […]
Find all related in the media
In the media

Ania Skrzypek ‘Er waait een sociaaldemocratische wind door Europa’

by SAMPOL 09/12/2022
'A social democratic wind is blowing through Europe' Interview with Ania Skrzypek, FEPS Director for Research and Training

A baloldal főutcája

by Népszava 21/11/2022
Article by FEPS Secretary General László Andor on the state of social democracy after the PES congress - “The main street of the left”

Franklin D. Roosevelt és a New Deal – Beszélgetés Andor Lászlóval

by Tilos Rádió 12/11/2022
FEPS Secretary General László Andor participates on 'Régen minden jobb volt' (Everything used to be better) backward-looking history programme on HU 'Tilos Rádió' on Franklin D. Roosevelt.

‘Boomerang’ youth head home as housing crisis bites

by Euractiv 11/10/2022
Builders of Progress - NextGen survey