Does Social Democracy have a future?

Upcoming seminar 7 December 2010: Hung Parliaments, the rise of the Greens, the crises of the social democratic parties and the welfare state...does social democracy have a future?

Location:  The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Date:       Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Time:       6.00-7.30pm

Public inquiries:  (03) 9479 2114 or (03) 9718 1407

Professor Wolfgang MerkelThis hot topic will be the focus of a free public symposium presented by La Trobe University’s The Ideas and Society Program in association with the Innovative Universities European Union Centre.

Keynote speaker Professor Wolfgang Merkel, Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin, will draw on his extensive research and practical involvement with social democratic parties in Europe and Latin America to show, with examples, how the survival of social democracy during the coming decades crucially depends on finding new voters and party members and inventing new policies, programs and different visions of a better future.

He will be joined by Professor Geoff Gallop, former Premier, Western Australia and Director of the Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney, Professor Robert Manne, Professor of Politics and Convenor of the Ideas & Society Program at La Trobe University, Professor Marilyn Lake, Professor in History at La Trobe University. Symposium chair is Dr Stefan Auer, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University.

For more information call Public inquiries:  (03) 9479 2114 or (03) 9718 1407.