Rebuilding Social Democracy: Core Principles for the Centre Left

Rebuilding Social Democracy: Core Principles for the Centre Left

by Kevin Hickson


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The British Labour Party could hardly be more obviously in crisis. Though the party held power from 1997 to 2010, at the end of that period it was intellectually exhausted, and its opposition to the Coalition Government and the subsequent Conservative Government was largely ineffective. This book aims to fix that, offering a clearly defined set of aims and values that the Labour Party can use to rebuild itself and the nation. Rooting the discussion in foundational principles like social justice, equality, welfare, social cohesion, and more, the book offers leading academics a platform from which to begin the revival of center-left thought and practice in Britain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447333173
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kevin Hickson is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Liverpool, where he teaches and researches on British political ideologies.

Table of Contents

Contributors iv

Foreword: rediscovering confidence and soul Peter Hain v

Introduction Kevin Hickson 1

1 Political economy Kevin Hickson 9

2 Equality Robert M. Page 25

3 Weltare Pete Redford 43

4 Public services Simon Griffiths 59

5 Social cohesion Jasper Miles 77

6 Civil liberties Judi Atkins 95

7 Citizenship and the constitution Emily Robinson 111

8 Internationalism Matt Beech 127

9 Conclusion Kevin Hickson 141

Index 145

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