Back to the Future of Socialism: International Comparisons

Back to the Future of Socialism: International Comparisons

by Peter Hain


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What’s gone wrong with capitalism, and how should governments respond? What does the future hold for the left in the United Kingdom in the face of the austerity straitjacket around its politics and media? Anthony Crosland’s The Future of Socialism provided a creed for governments of the center left until the global banking crisis. Now Peter Hain presents an evidence-based case for a radical alternative to the neoliberal economic agenda. A substantial new afterword in the paperback edition outlines what the Labour Party needs to do following the 2015 UK General Election to win again by returning to its core values of decency, social justice, equality, and prosperity for all.

A rousing alternative to the neoliberal, right-wing orthodoxy of our era, Hain’s book is now even more essential reading for everyone interested in the future of the left.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447321682
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Peter Hain was Labour MP for Neath from 1991 to 2015 and held a number of senior posts in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s governments. As a politician, Hain has been known for favoring candor over caution, and plain-speaking over political spin. He has published twenty books—including his memoir, Outside In—as well as pamphlets and media articles, appearing widely on radio and television.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Back to the future of socialism
The Crosland agenda
New Labour, Crosland and the crisis
Finance and the new capitalism
Growth not cuts
Growth by active government
Fraternity, cooperation, trade unionism
But what sort of socialist state?
A new internationalism
Britain in Europe
Refounding Labour
Faster, sustainable growth
A fairer, more equal society
A future for Labour

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