a political ideology advocating a gradual transition to socialism or a modified form of socialism by and under democratic political processes.
a system of government achieved in this way: Sweden’s social democracy.
Social Democracy. the principles and policies of any of certain Social Democratic parties, especially in Europe.
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- Compare democratic socialism.
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How to use social democracy in a sentence
The increasing availability of adequate pensions in social democracies allowed the expanding population of the elderly to maintain their independence.The Pandemic Has Raised Fears About Loneliness. History Suggests We Should Worry About the Opposite, Too | David Vincent | July 8, 2020 | Time
(I'm counting social democracy--at least as currently practiced in Western Europe--as a flavor of market liberalism).
They have contributed a unique brand of civically minded, decent social democracy that added much to the national debate.Prairie Populism Goes Bust As Obama’s Democrats Loses The Empty Quarter | Joel Kotkin | November 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
His hope is, and has always been, to turn the country into a nation that looks more like a European social democracy.
I will happily acknowledge that I don't embrace the left's effort to transform the United States into a social democracy.
The attacks on national feeling, the protest against the war of 1870, social democracy.
But they further realized that a political and social democracy must be based on an educated and intelligent working class.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
Not even the new social democracy of Russia sufficed to inspire any noticeable resistance.The Wrong Twin | Harry Leon Wilson
Prussian reaction would not be so strong if it were not for the bugbear of social democracy.German Problems and Personalities | Charles Sarolea
This excuse is an additional proof of the moral and political weakness of social democracy.German Problems and Personalities | Charles Sarolea
British Dictionary definitions for social democracy
(sometimes capital) the beliefs, principles, practices, or programme of a Social Democratic Party or of social democrats
- social democratic, adjective
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