The British Labour Party in Opposition and Power 1979–2019:Forward March Halted?


Dramatis personaeAcknowledgements and prefacePrologueMyth one: New Labour and the role of political ideasMyth two: New Labour as neo-liberalism?Myth three: Old Labour versus New LabourNew Labour in power: a critiqueNotesI Labourism in decayThe crisis of Labourism: Britain in the New TimesThe New Times and Marxism TodayThe crisis of LabourismStructural change and political sociology in post-war BritainLabour as an electoral force in British politicsLabour's organisational atrophyDeclining post-war institutionsLabour's historical failure as a governing partyNew Labour's responseReinventing the Left: modernisation and reformThe dilemmas of party modernisation: moral and mechanical reformConclusionNotesHistorical roots: conscience and class in British politicsLabour's past legaciesThe rejection of the Attlee yearsMisinterpreting the affluent societyThe degeneration of the Wilson/Callaghan yearsThe triumph of ThatcherismOld Labour and electoral failureEconomic mismanagementThe devaluation catastropheOld Labour and economic crisisThe centralised state and constitutional conservatismPost-war conflict over nationalisationManaging public servicesThe failure of planningOld Labour and the machinery of governmentBritain's role in the worldRemaining apart from EuropeSpending on defence and national securityUnilateral nuclear disarmamentConclusionNotesNew Labour and the global centre-leftSocialism in one country?Staging posts in the development of British and European social democracyThe rise of the New DemocratsThe American democrats and New Labour in powerNew Labour and the third wayThe third way in crisis?Brokering ideas: making policy through networksConclusionNotesModernisation in hard timesModernising Labour in hard timesThe i983 defeat: 'the longest suicide note in history'?-87: centralising power, routing militantThe 1987 defeat and the crisis of LabourismThe fundamental review of party policyModernisation and its discontentsThe trauma of the 1992 defeatOne more heave?The historic 1997 election victory: revitalising the progressive alliance?ConclusionNotesII New Labour in powerInstitutional legaciesNew Labour in the post-Cold War worldNew Labour's statecraft: confronting the betrayal myth?Evaluating New Labour's impact: historical comparisonsRebuilding the public realmNew Labour's new KeynesianismThe new welfare orthodoxy? Progressive universalismLiberalisation and social norms: making Britain a more civilised society?Enhancing gender equality: the most feminist government in history?Reordering the world? Foreign affairs and IraqThe doctrine of liberal internationalismConclusion: institutional legaciesNotesShaping secular trendsEconomic performance under LabourInequality after 1997: towards an inclusive society?Expanding education: did 'more mean worse'?Tackling crime and its causes: law and order under New LabourIdentity in the era of migration and diversity: Britain 'sleep walking towards segregation'?No longer an 'awkward partner'? The Europeanisation of British politicsNotesTowards the new progressive settlementNew Labour and British social attitudesChanges in attitudes: going against the grain of social democracy?Public spending and tax rises: towards a new consensus?Was the money wasted?New Labour and social liberalism: a nation of tolerant authoritarians?The new polarisation: 'somewheres' versus 'anywheres'?Were attitudes becoming more social democratic?'No such thing as society'? New Labour after ThatcherismNew Labour: towards the progressive settlement?New Labour's New Keynesian political economyNew Labour's 'new' constitutionTransforming public services: Labour's 'garbage can' reforms?Labour's NHS reforms: the gentleman in Whitehall no longer knows best?New Labour's education policy: terminating the 'bog standard' comprehensiveOf Knights and Knaves, Queens and Pawns: competition and marketsThe new British progressive settlement?ConclusionNotesIII New Labour’s legacies in British politicsNew Labour’s broken inheritanceThe resurgence of Celtic and English nationalismRemaking the centre-right: 'the heir to Blair'?New Labour and the British LeftPolitics for a new generation? Miliband's partyThe 2015 election defeatJeremy Corbyn and afterCorbyn's 2015 triumphThe Labour Party under CorbynThe Corbyn projectThe alternative economic strategy?Labour's identity crisisRevitalising socialism in the 'new hard times': the 2019 defeatThe final say on BrexitA new internationalismConclusionNotesConclusion: the strange death of Labour England?Forward march halted? Labourism's crisis and the birth of New LabourNew Labour in power: 1997-2010New Labour in power: a critiqueMarkets and social democracyThe Iraq legacy and UK foreign policyDrift and indecision over EuropeThe progressive alliance thwartedNew Labour and the role of ideasThe British central state: moral and mechanical reformThe British model of capitalismPolitical ideas and powerNew Labour and after: the strange death of Labour England?NotesBibliography
 
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