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Is social democracy viable in the era of identity politics?

Only a communitarian approach which prizes shared values, not ascribed identity, can provide the foundation for a fairer settlement between capitalism and democracy

Is social democracy viable in the era of identity politics?
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After three years away from the classroom, I will return to teaching next semester with a course on democracy in Latin America at Johns Hopkins University. Teaching political science in the present moment is a challenge. As discussed by The Brazilian Report last year, democracy is under assault in Latin America and the rest of the world. Professors and students are anxious about the state of politics. To give my students something to be hopeful about, I decided to add discussions about social democracy to my syllabus. 

Social democracy emerged in the interwar and postwar periods as a response...

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