Interpreting the Labour Party

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  • Copyright: 2003-11-13
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Interpreting the Labour Partyconsists of twelve essays on the principal thinkers and schools of thought concerned with the political and historical development of the Labour Party and Labour movement. The essays are written by contributors who have devoted many years to the study of the Labour Party, the trade union movement and the various ideologies associated with them. The book begins with an in-depth analysis of how to study the Labour Party, and goes on to examine key periods in the development of the ideologies to which the party has subscribed. Each chapter situates its subject matter in the context of a broader intellectual legacy, including the works of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Theodore Rothstein, Stuart Hall and Samuel Beer, among others.

Author Biography

John Callaghan is Professor of Politics at the University of Wolverhampton. Steven Fielding is Professor of Contemporary Political History in the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History and Associate Director of the European Studies Research Institute at the University of Salford. Steve Ludlam is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

Series editors' foreword vi
Acknowledgements vii
Contributors ix
John Callaghan, Steven Fielding and Steve Ludlam
1 Understanding Labour's ideological trajectory
Nick Randall
2 'What kind of people are you?' Labour, the people and the 'new political history'
Lawrence Black
3 'Labourism' and the New Left
Madeleine Davis
4 Ralph Miliband and the Labour Party: from Parliamentary Socialism to Bennism'
Michael Newman
5 The continuing relevance of the Milibandian perspective
David Coates and Leo Panitch
6 An exceptional comrade? The Nairn-Anderson interpretation
Mark Wickham-Jones
7 Class and politics in the work of Henry Peiling
Alastair J. Reid
8 Ross McKibbin: class cultures, the trade unions and the Labour Party
John Callaghan
9 The Progressive Dilemma and the social democratic perspective
Steven Fielding and Declan McHugh
10 Too much pluralism, not enough socialism: interpreting the unions-party link
Steve Ludlam
11 Lewis Minkin and the party-unions link
Eric Shaw
12 How to study the Labour Party: contextual, analytical and theoretical issues
Colin Hay
Guide to further reading 197(6)
Index 203

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