The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding Labour's Political Thought Since 1945
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'New Labour' is often accused of being obsessed with style rather than substance, and with image rather ideology. The Struggle for Labour's Soul examines how the party's political thought has developed from 1945 to the present day. It explores the divisions in the Labour Party between the old left, the new left, centrists, the old right and 'New Labour'. These ideological positions are examined in the context of the key political issues of the twenty-first century including constitutional reform, markets, equality, internationalism and globalization.
The book concludes with commentaries by renowned experts on the various competing traditions within the party. Featuring contributions by leading academics, journalists and politicians, this is the first major analysis of Labour's political thought for a generation.
Country?: The peculiarities of the British. Schmidt, V., The Futures of European Capitalism, p. 148. Overbeek, H., Global Capitalism and National Decline; and Callaghan, J., The Retreat of Social Democracy. Held, D., McGrew, A., (eds), Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture; and Hirst, P., Thompson, G., Globalisation in One Country?: The peculiarities of the British. Ibid. Ibid. Eley, G., Forging Democracy – The History of the Left in Europe: 1850–2000, p. 405. Ibid., p. 386; and
Europe divided the Party on economic policy. Roy Jenkins was to resign from the Deputy Leadership on the issue. Also, when Tony Benn later implausibly claimed that the policies – modelled on European experience – were incompatible with membership of the Common Market, he lost both the national referendum on Europe, and the industrial policy. The case for selective state shareholdings In 1972, after I had presented a paper on state holding companies and planning to a conference of the ‘moderate’
consciousness.’27 An academic at Sussex University, Holland was by no means alone, of course. Michael Barratt Brown advocated similar ideas though he had less direct impact upon the Labour Party. Members of the Cambridge Economic Policy Group, one of whom (Francis Cripps) worked for Tony Benn for a period, shaped the case for import controls whilst arguments for increased worker participation were made by Ken Coates and others associated with the Institute for Workers’ Control (IWC) and the
identify it and how we establish its ideational matrix. As to the former, by ‘critical mass’ I mean a body of support that can hold within its gravitational field the constellations of both left and right and thence give the Party a greater or lesser measure of stability and unity. Of course there is then the difficulty of who constitutes this centre and how we establish its distinguishing ideological characteristics. Should the focus be on post-war Conference decisions on key economic and social
justice is preferable to another when its broader consequences are more desirable. See Rawls, J., A Theory of Justice, p. 6. I assert that social democracy must hold social justice and greater equality to be necessary ‘assisting’ principles but on their own they are not preferable as ‘definitive principles’ to individual liberty and community. Part II Themes 6 Ends, Means and Political Identity Raymond Plant The Third Way stands for a modernized social democracy, passionate about its