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The New Labour Reader draws together in one accessible volume a set of authoritative interpretations and accounts of New Labour in government, including key commentaries on the contemporary Labour Party and the Blair government.

Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, the book maps out and explains New Labour's political trajectory, the policy agenda it has pursued and the process by which it governs. It uses excerpts from the best and most interesting material, including the writings and speeches of the Labour government's most influential figures. There are chapters on the New Labour debate, economic policy, the public services, constitutional reform, European policy and Labour's Whitehall style, as well as a critical introduction by the editors.

This Reader will provide an initial point of access to the varied literature on this subject and prove an essential reference for understanding the wide-ranging implications of the New Labour 'project'. Since British politics is a core option on all undergraduate politics courses, it will be a vital resource for all who study the subject.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
‘There is a rapidly swelling literature on New Labour, sothis handy compilation of key contributions is extremely welcome.It affords valuable insights into the nature of the current debate– a must for all students of the contemporary Labourparty.’ – Eric Shaw, University ofStirling

‘New Labour has many roots and has had many attemptedrationalizations since 1994. For the first time, the debate aboutwhat New Labour means has been brought under the same covers in acomprehensive collection of both explanations and analyses –showing not only its diversity, but also a largely unappreciatedconsistency in its central strategy.’ – Peter Riddell,The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745629438
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Chadwick is a Lecturer in Political Science at RoyalHolloway, University of London. His previous publications includeAugmenting Democracy: Political Movements and ConstitutionalReform During The Rise of Labour, and he has published a numberof articles in several scholarly journals

Richard Heffernan is a Lecturer in Government andPolitics at The Open University. His publications include NewLabour and Thatcherism: Political Change in Britain, TheLabour Party: A Centenary History (edited with Brian Brivati),and Defeat From the Jaws of Victory: Inside Kinnock's LabourParty (with Mike Marqusee).

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
Introduction: The New Labour Phenomenon 1
Pt. 1 The New Labour Debate 26
1 The Third Way: New Politics for the New Century 28
2 The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy 34
3 The Land that Labour Forgot 39
4 The Ideology of New Labour 43
5 New Labour and Thatcherism 49
6 The Political Economy of New Labour 59
7 Interpreting New Labour: Constraints, Dilemmas and Political Agency 66
8 The Blair Paradox 77
9 The Great Moving Nowhere Show 82
10 Corporate Populism and Partyless Democracy 88
Pt. II Prudent for a Purpose? New Labour's Economic Policy 90
11 Safety First: The Making of New Labour 92
12 Labour's Business Manifesto: Equipping Britain for the Future 98
13 'Prudence will be our Watchword': Chancellor's Speech at the Mansion House, 1998 101
14 Open Macroeconomics in an Open Economy 105
15 Europe: The Third Way/Die Neue Mitte 110
16 New Keynesianism and New Labour 116
17 President's Speech to the TUC Congress, September 2001 120
18 Did Things Get Better? An Audit of Labour's Successes and Failures 122
Pt. III Realizing Citizenship? Labour and Public Services 129
19 The Third Way: New Politics for the New Century 131
20 Equality - Then and Now 134
21 The Third Way Begins with CORA 137
22 Government Must Reconsider its Strategy for More Equal Society 139
23 Bringing Britain Together: A National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal 140
24 Excellence in Schools 144
25 The New NHS: Modern, Dependable 149
26 How Big Money is Stitching Up the NHS 155
27 New Labour: Politics after Thatcherism 159
28 From Welfare State to Post-Welfare Society? Labour's Social Policy in Historical and Contemporary Perspective 167
Pt. IV Modernizing the United Kingdom? Labour's Constitutional Agenda 173
29 Modernising Government 175
30 Foreword to Scotland's Parliament 181
31 Human Rights Act 1998 182
32 A Mayor and Assembly for London 191
33 The Jenkins Commission Report on the Voting System 196
34 Response to the Jenkins Commission Report 202
35 The House of Lords: Completing the Reform 207
36 The Nature of the British-Irish Agreement 215
Pt. V Britain in the World, Labour in the European Union 223
37 From Hostility to 'Constructive Engagement': The Europeanisation of the Labour Party 225
38 New Labour - New Europe? 231
39 Speech at the Launch of the Britain in Europe Campaign, October 1999 237
40 Europe - Superpower, not Superstate: Speech in Warsaw, October 2000 239
41 Speech at the Mansion House, June 2001 243
42 Statement on European Monetary Union to the House of Commons, October 1997 248
43 The Blair Government and Europe 253
44 Britain in the World: Speech to The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, January 2000 259
45 The Doctrine of the International Community, April 1999 263
Pt. VI A New Whitehall Style? New Labour in Government 267
46 Servants of the People: The Inside Story of New Labour 270
47 The British Presidency: Tony Blair and the Politics of Public Leadership 272
48 Tony Blair as Prime Minister 279
49 The Powers behind the Prime Minister 286
50 Tony Blair 291
51 Lies, Damn Lies...and Political Spin 298
52 The Hand of History: New Labour, News Management and Governance 304
53 Sultans of Spin: The Media and the New Labour Government 309
54 The Electronic Face of Government in the Internet Age 313
55 The Commons: Mr Blair's Lapdog? 318
Index 322
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