The End of Parliamentary Socialism: From New Left to New Labour

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This trenchant account of the last twenty-five years of the British Labour Party argues that Tony Blair's modernizing tendency was profoundly mistaken in asserting that the only alternative to traditional social democracy and narrow parliamentarianism was an acceptance of neo-liberalism. In blaming the Labour left, rather than the social-democratic right for the party's years in the electoral wilderness, the modernizers rejected the creativity and energy which the party's New Left had mobilized, and without which their own professed aim of democratic renewal was unlikely to be realized. In this new edition, the authors, in collaboration with David Coates, review the debate in light of the Blair government's first three years in office.
 

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Contents

From New Left to New Labour
1
Origins of the Party Crisis
16
Articulating a New Socialist Politics
39
The Limits of Policy
66
Containment and Marginalisation
86
The Abandonment of Keynesianism
107
The Conflict over Party Democracy
134
Between Agitation and Loyalty
165
The Defeat of the Labour New Left
192
The Process of Modernisation
214
The Transition from Socialism to Capitalism
237
Beyond Parliamentary Socialism
262
The Denouement
272
Notes
293
Index
357
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About the author (2001)

Colin Leys is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada. His previous books include Politics in Britain, The Rise and Fall of Development Theory and, with Leo Panitch, The End of Parliamentary Socialism.

Leo Panitch is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy and Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University. Editor of The Socialist Register for 25 years, his many books include Working Class Politics in Crisis, A Different Kind of State, The End of Parliamentary Socialism, and American Empire and The Political Economy of Global Finance.

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