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

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

by Colin Leys, Lee Panitch
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Leo Panitch and Colin Leys have written a book whose significance extends far beyond the specific case of the British Labour Party.”—Critical Sociology

“... a brilliant refutation of New Labour’s version of history. With an impressive range of evidence, careful analysis and a theoretical framework, [Panitch and Leys] have provided a highly readable and committed book ... recommended for everyone who really wants to understand the politics and recent history of the Labour Party.”—Contemporary Politics

“... a rich and immensely enjoyable narrative, full of detail about the trajectory taken by Labour over the last quarter-century.”—Times Literary Supplement

Kent Worcester
The End of Parliamentary Socialism is clearly aimed at a politically engaged readership that shares the authors' concern with the prospects for leftist renewal and advance...the book has relatively little to say about recent developments; it measures social progress, and political innovation in terms of a formal identification with a particular brand of socialist politics. In short, this is a book that longs to refight yesterday's battles.
Political Science Quarterly
Times Literary Supplement
A rich and immensely enjoyable narrative, full of detail about the trajectory taken by Labour over the last quarter-century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859841099
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
10/17/1997
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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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