The Political Economy of New Labour

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-06-03
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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The Political Economy of New Labourprovides one of the first systematic assessments and accessible evaluations of the modernization of the British Labour Party in the light of its landslide electoral victory in 1997. It also represents a rare attempt to locate Labour's modernization in terms of the distinctive political economy of contemporary British capitalism and the impact of globalization, the evolution and transformation of the British State in the post-war period, the legacy of Thatcherism, and the specifics of electoral strategy and competition in contemporary Britain. In doing so, it provides a genuinely interdisciplinary account and analysis of Labour's modernization and the strategic terrain within which this has been played out, as well as an assessment of the strategic alternatives available to a New Labour administration in an era of globalization, and an evaluation of the prospects for a decisive break with the Thatcher-Major legacy.

Author Biography

Colin Hay is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Preface and acknowledgements x
List of abbreviations
Contextualising Novelty: the legacy of Thatcherism, the prospect of globalisation
Labour's Thatcherite Revisionism: the Policy Review process and the `politics of catch-up'
On New Labour's Ups--and (Anthony) Downs
That Was Then, This Is Now: the politics of conspicuous convergence
Studiously Courting Capital: the economic politics of accommodation
Labouring Under False Pretences? Dedication, industrial capacity and indigenous investment
Bibliography 212(25)
Index 237

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