Mi / 10:00 – 11:30

Opposition Experiences: Housing Policy and Social Democratic Renewal in Germany and Great Britain, 1979–1998

Flemming Falz, KWI

Online (Zoom) & Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI), Raum 106, Goethestr. 31, 45128 Essen

While in opposition from 1979/82 to 1997/98, British and German social democracy changed fundamentally: Initially, Labour and the SPD could still be regarded as potentially the most powerful opponents of neoliberalism. But by the time they returned to government in the late 1990s, the parties had opened up to the ideas of deregulation, privatization, and marketization. Why and how did this happen? Flemming Falz explores this question in his PhD project at KWI – and in his colloquium presentation. Center stage will be the formative experiences of the housing policy-makers who ultimately became the modernizers of „New Labour“ and the „Neue Mitte“ social democracy.