Labours old and new

The parliamentary right of the British Labour Party 1970-79 and the roots of New Labour

By Stephen Meredith

Labours old and new
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  • ISBN: 9781847796486
  • Publish Date: Jul 2013
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    This study is concerned with the 'Old' Labour right at a critical juncture of social democratic and Labour politics. It attempts to understand the complex transition from so-called 'Old Right' to 'New Right' or 'New Labour', and locates at least some of the roots of the latter in the complexity, tensions and fragmentation of the former during the 'lean' years of social democracy in the 1970s. The analysis addresses both the short and long-term implications of the emerging ideological, organisational and political complexity and divisions of the parliamentary Labour right and Labour revisionism, previously concealed within the loosely adhesive post-war framework of Keynesian reformist social democracy. It establishes the extent to which 'New' Labour is a legatee of at least some elements of the disparate and discordant Labour right and tensions of social democratic revisionism in the 1970s. In so doing, it advances our understanding of a key moment in the development of social democracy and the making of the contemporary British Labour Party.


    thoughtful, well researched


    Series Editors' Foreword
    1. Introduction
    2. The parliamentary Labour Right: views and perspectives
    3. Parliamentary Labour Right factionalism and organisational fragmentation in the 1970s
    4. A prelude to secession? The parliamentary Labour Right and Europe
    5. In place of strife? The parliamentary Labour Right and the 'Trade Union Question'
    6. The 'Frontiers of Social Democracy': Public Expenditure, redistribution and divisions of social democratic political economy
    7. The parliamentary Labour Right, Labour Party revisionism(s) and the roots of New Labour


    Stephen Meredith is Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire

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