Social Democracy - the ideological nature of SMER-SD? Cover Image

Sociálna demokracia – ideologická podstata strany SMER-SD?
Social Democracy - the ideological nature of SMER-SD?

Author(s): Michal Cirner
Subject(s): Politics and society
Published by: Prešovská univerzita v Prešove, Filozofická fakulta, Inštitút politológie
Keywords: Social democracy;Ideology;Policy

Summary/Abstract: Political party Smer founded by Robert Fico in 1999, did not declare explicitly left-wing, but in ideas gave notice to be „third way“ of theorist Anthony Giddens and politicians like Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder. R. Fico, a former member of the Communist Party and its successor the SDĽ, the concept of a third way gradually leaves after the elections in 2002 and integration of left wing political parties as SDĽ, SDA or SDSS under the auspices of SMER-u, has been directly connected to social democracy, confirmed by membership in PES – Party of European Socialists. Ideological neutrality in the beginning and mass electorate support replicating or exceeding the HZDS in the 90s of the 20th century in Slovakia, precedes doubts in dominance of the social democratic orientation of that political entity.

  • Issue Year: 1/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 76-79
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Slovak