Democratic socialism prefers evolutionary or democratic method. The supporters of democratic socialism pay equal importance to democracy and socialism. They believe that the goals of democracy and socialism are not separable from each other, both stands for the amelioration of the ordinary man. In effect, democratic socialism signifies use of the democratic method for achieving the socialist goal. It is a description used by various socialist movements and organizations, to emphasize the democratic character of their political orientation. Democratic socialists have normally defended the role of the public sector, particularly as regards the provision of key services such as health care, education, utilities, mass transit, and sometimes also banking, mining, and fuel extraction. In India, democratic socialists have to varying degrees seen the traditional village-based peasant economy as a model to be supported and enhanced. Social Democracy was most fully developed in the early post-1945 period, during which enthusiasm for social-democratic ideas and theories extended well beyond its socialist homeland, creating, in many western states, a social-democratic consensus. However, since the 1970s and 1980s social democracy has struggled to retain its political relevance in the face of the advance of neo liberalism and changed economic and social circumstances.
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Divya Chugh. Democratic Socialism. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2(4): Oct. - Dec., 2011, 212-214.