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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

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9648-6
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £66.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Politics, Politics & government, Comparative politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies
  • Series: Critical Labour Movement Studies

Description

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.

Reviews

thoughtful, well researched

Contents

Series Editors' Foreword
Acknowledgements
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
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Author

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

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