The Labour Party under Ed Miliband

Trying but failing to renew social democracy

By Eunice Goes

The Labour Party under Ed Miliband


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9423-5
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: March 2016
  • BIC Category: Politics, United States of America, USA, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General, Society & social sciences / Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies, Society & social sciences / Politics & government


Was Miliband successful at turning the page on New Labour and at re-imagining social democracy for the post-global financial crisis era? This study maps the ideas - old and new - that were debated and adopted by the Labour Party under Miliband and shows how they were transformed into policy proposals and adapted to contemporary circumstances. It seeks to demonstrate that the Labour Party under Miliband tried but failed to renew social democracy. This failure is one of the several reasons why 'Milibandism' was so overwhelmingly rejected by voters at the 2015 general election.

Goes offers a thought-provoking perspective on how political parties develop their thinking and political blueprints that will appeal to scholars and students of British politics and ideologies and to anyone interested in contemporary debates about social democracy.


Introduction: Context and some theoretical considerations
1. Social democracy at a time of crisis
2. The road to somewhere
3. Labour and the economy: Reforming capitalism
4. Labour and equality: Minding the gap
5. Labour and equality II: Power to the people
6. Labour and the politics of belonging: One Nation
Conclusion: Trying but failing to renew social democracy


Eunice Goes is Associate Professor of Politics at Richmond University

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