Parliamentary Socialism

A Study in the Politics of Labour

Author: Ralph Miliband

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780850361353

Category: History

Page: 384

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Reflecting on the Labor government of Harold Wilson between 1964 and 1970, this concise analysis chronicles the Labor Party from its early days up to the early 1960s, including a 1972 postscript. Demonstrating how empirical and flexible the Labor Party has been about certain issues, this reference also touches on how it is one of the most dogmatic political parties in regards to the parliamentary system. Commenting on why its leaders have always made devotion to this system their fixed point of reference, this political overview proves that this has always been the conditioning factor of their political behavior, as they consistently reject any kind of political action which has fallen outside the framework and conventions of Parliament. Stating that there is no distinction to be made between Labor’s political and industrial leaders, this study illustrates the party as it is now and has always been—one of modest social reform in a capitalist system within whose confines it is ever more firmly and by now irrevocably rooted.

Socialism for a Sceptical Age

Author: Ralph Miliband

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859849477

Category: Political Science

Page: 211

View: 1635

The final book by the noted British Marxist and sociologist, father of British Labour Party politicians, David and Ed Miliband.

The End of Parliamentary Socialism

From New Left to New Labour

Author: Leo Panitch,Colin Leys

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859843383

Category: Political Science

Page: 363

View: 9727

Argues against the assertion that there is no alternative to neo-liberalism.

Marx's Theory of Alienation

Author: Istvan Meszaros

Publisher: Aakar Books

ISBN: 9788187879961


Page: 356

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The Alienation Of Humankind, In The Fundamental Sense Of The Term, Means The Loss Of Control: Its Embodiment In An Alien Force Which Confronts The Individuals As A Hostile And Potentially Destructive Power. When Marx Analysed Alienation In His Economic And Philosophic Manuscripts Of 1844, He Indicated Four Principal Aspects Of It The Alienation Of Human Beings From: (1) Nature; (2) Their Own Productive Activity; (3) Their Species Being , As Members Of The Human Species; And (4) Each Other.He Forcefully Underlined That All This Is Not Some Fatality Of Nature As Indeed The Structural Antagonisms Of Capital Are Characteristically Misrepresented, So As To Leave Them In Their Place But A Form Of Self-Alienation.In Other Words, Not The Deed Of An All-Powerful Outside Agency, Natural Or Metaphysical, But The Outcome Of A Determinate Type Of Historical Development Which Can Be Positively Altered By A Conscious Intervention In The Historical Process, In Order To Transcend Labour S Self-Alienation .From The Preface To This Fifth Edition


The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

Author: Richard Seymour

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1784785334

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 9026

How Jeremy Corbyn, the radical left candidate for the Labour leadership, won twice—and won big In the 2017 general election, Jeremy Corbyn pulled off an historic upset, attracting the biggest increase in the Labour vote since 1945. It was another reversal of expectations for the mainstream media and his ‘soft-left’ detractors. Demolishing the Blairite opposition in 2015, Corbyn had already seen off an attempted coup. Now, he had shattered the government’s authority, and even Corbyn’s most vitriolic critics have been forced into stunned mea culpas. For the first time in decades, socialism is back on the agenda—and for the first time in Labour’s history, it defines the leadership. Richard Seymour tells the story of how Corbyn’s rise was made possible by the long decline of Labour and by a deep crisis in British democracy. He shows how Corbyn began the task of rebuilding Labour as a grassroots party, with a coalition of trade unionists, young and precarious workers, students and ‘Old Labour’ pugilists, who then became the biggest campaigning army in British politics. Utilizing social media, activists turned the media’s Project Fear on its head and broke the ideological monopoly of the tabloids. After the election, with all the artillery still ranged against Corbyn, and with all the weaknesses of the Left’s revival, Seymour asks what Corbyn can do with his newfound success.

Under Siege

The Independent Labour Party in Interwar Britain

Author: Ian Bullock

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 1771991550

Category: Political Science

Page: 430

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During the period between the two world wars, the Independent Labour Party (ILP) was the main voice of radical democratic socialism in Great Britain. Founded in 1893, the ILP had, since 1906, operated under the aegis of the Labour Party. As that party edged nearer to power following World War I, forming minority governments in 1924 and again in 1929, the ILP found its own identity under siege. On one side stood those who wanted the ILP to subordinate itself to an increasingly cautious and conventional Labour leadership; on the other stood those who felt that the ILP should throw its lot in with the Communist Party of Great Britain. After the ILP disaffiliated from Labour in 1932 in order to pursue a new, “revolutionary” policy, it was again torn, this time between those who wanted to merge with the Communists and those who saw the ILP as their more genuinely revolutionary and democratic rival. At the opening of the 1930s, the ILP boasted five times the membership of the Communist Party, as well as a sizeable contingent of MPs. By the end of the decade, having tested the possibility of creating a revolutionary party in Britain almost to the point of its own destruction, the ILP was much diminished—although, unlike the Communists, it still retained a foothold in Parliament. Despite this reversal of fortunes, during the 1930s—years that witnessed the ascendancy of both Stalin and Hitler—the ILP demonstrated an unswerving commitment to democratic socialist thinking. Drawing extensively on the ILP’s Labour Leader and other contemporary left-wing newspapers, as well as on ILP publications and internal party documents, Bullock examines the debates and ideological battles of the ILP during the tumultuous interwar period. He argues that the ILP made a lasting contribution to British politics in general, and to the modern Labour Party in particular, by preserving the values of democratic socialism during the interwar period.

Labour's First Century

Author: Duncan Tanner,Pat Thane

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521651844

Category: History

Page: 418

View: 8940

Labour's First Century is an exciting history of the Labour Party.

Forging Democracy

The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000

Author: Geoff Eley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198021407

Category: History

Page: 720

View: 6060

Democracy in Europe has been a recent phenomenon. Only in the wake of World War II were democratic frameworks secured, and, even then, it was decades before democracy truly blanketed the continent. Neither given nor granted, democracy requires conflict, often violent confrontations, and challenges to the established political order. In Europe, Geoff Eley convincingly shows, democracy did not evolve organically out of a natural consensus, the achievement of prosperity, or the negative cement of the Cold War. Rather, it was painstakingly crafted, continually expanded, and doggedly defended by varying constellations of socialist, feminist, Communist, and other radical movements that originally blossomed in the later nineteenth century. Parties of the Left championed democracy in the revolutionary crisis after World War I, salvaged it against the threat of fascism, and renewed its growth after 1945. They organized civil societies rooted in egalitarian ideals which came to form the very fiber of Europe's current democratic traditions. The trajectories of European democracy and the history of the European Left are thus inextricably bound together. Geoff Eley has given us the first truly comprehensive history of the European Left--its successes and failures; its high watermarks and its low tides; its accomplishments, insufficiencies, and excesses; and, most importantly, its formative, lasting influence on the European political landscape. At a time when the Left's influence and legitimacy are frequently called into question, Forging Democracy passionately upholds its vital contribution.

Militant Liverpool

A City on the Edge

Author: Diane Frost,Peter North

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1781389357

Category: History

Page: 223

View: 1107

In May 1983, in the wake of her victory in the Falklands, Mrs Thatcher won the second of her three general election victories. Liverpool, going not for the first or last time against the grain, elected a Labour council that vowed to be different. In an environment of mass unemployment in which Liverpool felt abandoned by an indifferent government, the council resolved to join others across the land in refusing to set a budget that would hurt the poorest. It was at first wildly popular, but the scene soon became set for a battle between the city and central government that would shape the future of Liverpool. Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the 1983 election, Militant Liverpool: A City on the Edge sets out an even-handed assessment of events with oral testimonies from many of the key protagonists. Thirty years on, Liverpool has to some extent reinvented itself as a visitor destination, but it is again facing major spending cuts while its deep seated social problems remain. This book sheds new light on what is for some a dark period in the city's past, best forgotten, while for others is a memory of the city that refused to lie down and die and a continuing inspiration.


The Privatisation of Our Health Care

Author: Allyson Pollock

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844675395

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 319

View: 2087

An analysis of the transition from universal, publicly funded health care to New Labour s application of market principles: a national institution reaching crisis point and a key lesson for those concerned with health care everywhere.

Labour Inside the Gate

A History of the British Labour Party Between the Wars

Author: Matthew Worley

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781850437987

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 8959

"Labour Inside and Gate will appeal to students and scholars as well as all those interested in Labour's history. Its new insights into the pre-war background to the 1945 landslide victory illuminate this important period in the growth of the Labour Party as it continues to redefine and realign itself as the new "party of government"."--Jacket.


Labour's Traditional Right in the 1970s and 1980s

Author: Dianne Hayter

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719072710

Category: History

Page: 211

View: 7092

This book tells the story of how the moderate right in the Labour Party, trumped by the left for a decade and weakened by defections to the SDP in 1981, fought back organisationally to regain control of the party by 1985, producing an NEC supportive of Neil Kinnock and ready to expel Militant, introduce One-Member-One-Vote and return the party to electability. It describes the Manifesto Group of Labour MPs, Labour Solidarity, Forward Labour and the all-important but secret St Ermins Group of senior trade unionists, each of which strove to ensure that the party represented Labour voters and trade union members. Written by an insider, it draws on extensive interviews with all the key players and unique access to private papers and closed archives to explain how the moderates triumphed over the hard left.

The contentious alliance

trade unions and the Labour Party

Author: Lewis Minkin

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 677

View: 6762

Sexual Politics

Sexuality, Family Planning, and the British Left from the 1880s to the Present Day

Author: Stephen Brooke

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199562547

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 8743

Explores the complex relationship between sexuality and socialist politics in Britain, arguing that sexuality has been a key, though often neglected aspect of party politics in the last century and a half. It also explores the relationship between the personal and the political in a wide-ranging study of British society.

The Establishment

And How They Get Away with it

Author: Owen Jones

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612194885

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 5488

A major bestseller in the UK and a six-time Best Book of 2014, The Establishment is a sweeping look at how power and money have made British politics hugely undemocratic. Power, money, and undemocratic politics—wait, does that sound familiar? Who wields power in politics? It is a question that's asked all too often—and never really answered. But that's exactly what Owen Jones has done in The Establishment, which has already taken Great Britain by storm. To expose the shadowy and unaccountable network of people who dominate British political life—the people who influence major decisions and reap huge profits in the process—Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the very heart of the elite. From the lobbies of the Houses of Parliament to Rupert Murdoch's newsrooms to the conference rooms of some of the world's biggest banks, Jones systematically explores the revolving doors that link the worlds of politics, media, and finance—and shows how this corrupt and incestuous world came to be. Funny, sharp, and rich with brilliant descriptions of the men and women at the heart of the elite, The Establishment is a joy to read, but its diagnosis is deadly serious: the establishment is the biggest threat to democracy today. And it's time, writes Jones, for it to be challenged. From the Hardcover edition.

Political Parties

A Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy

Author: Robert Michels

Publisher: N.A


Category: Democracy

Page: 416

View: 2744