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The End of Parliamentary Socialism From Benn to Blair

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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 tra. This is an outstanding and essential work on the history of the Labour party from the 1 Errata essential work on the history of the Labour party from the 1

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L 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. The debate surrounding whether Labour is or ever has been a socialist party is one that Vania energy which the party’s New Left had mobilized and without which their own professed aim of democratic renewal was unlikely to be realized. The debate surrounding whether Labour is or Errata ever has been a socialist party is one that


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  1. says:

    This is an outstanding and essential work on the history of the Labour party from the 1964 70 Wilson government to 2001 and the end of Blair's first term It focuses particularly on what Panitch and Leys call the 'Labour new left' from the mid 70s to the mid 80s the pivot being the 1979 83 period when the movement was at its peak The book's core focus is on the intra party struggle to try and democratise the Labour party's internal structures especially the selection and reselection of MPs members' control of policy formulation and the mechanism for electing the party leader In describing this struggle it recounts an often intricate seuence of manoeuvres involving a range of political actors and institutions always with clarity moving from the early 70s attempts to force the PLP to actually carry out the policies in the party manifesto through the achievement of a number of key party reforms in the early 80s to the almost total reversal of those gains by first Neil Kinnock and then Tony Blair the latter taking the centralisation of power within the party and the disempowerment of party members to wholly new extremes Alongside recounting this political struggle it examines the policy issues at stake in this fluctuating distribution of power within the party It looks at the political economic context of Britain in the 70s the collapsing viability of the traditional supports of Keynesian social democracy and the ideas of Tony Benn and the Alternative Economic Strategy developed in an attempt to respond to that context It considers the performance of the 64 70 and 74 79 Wilson and then Callaghan governments The central point the book makes is that the distribution of power within the party fundamentally shapes what political strategies and policies can be pursued; the traditional power of the PLP and latterly under Kinnock and Blair the leader within the party are fundamental to Labour serving as in effect a means of adjusting the British working class to accept whatever they are reuired to by British capitalism and its crisesIf the book has weaknesses they are these i despite the book being dedicated to Ralph Miliband's memory and being in effect a continuation and development of his classic work 'Parliamentary Socialism' Miliband himself and his analysis of the events recounted is barely mentioned across the book The same goes for most of the major intellectuals of the British new left A few of Raymond Williams's essays from the early 1980s are mentioned and I think one is discussed briefly That's about it Instead there is a chapter and devoted to analysis of the ideas of Tony Benn and some of the people involved in devising the AES Does this really accurately reflect the intellectual influences of the Labour new left? Moreover Benn's own ideas are not given uite as searching critical treatment as one might have liked for instance his aversion to electoral reform goes entirely unmentioned ii The wider social economic and political changes British society underwent in the period covered by the book are addressed somewhat patchily For instance the effects of media coverage on actors in the party struggle is freuently mentioned but changes in the media itself are never mentioned Nor is there much sociological analysis of the changing British job structure or sociological composition of Labour's vote or crucially its membership in the late 70s through to the 90s iii The significance of the collapse of actually existing communism and the advent of a broader 'end of history' ideology is not mentioned in discussing the reasons for the rise of New Labour iv There is surprisingly little on the actual record of the Labour left in local government the GLC etc There are other works out there on this subject some referenced in the book but it might have aided the argument to describe in detail what the Labour new left actually did with power when it had it at the local levelHowever none of those criticisms should detract from what is an excellent book which it is particularly essential Labour supporters read and absorb


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    The debate surrounding whether Labour is or ever has been a socialist party is one that has preoccupied academics since the start of the twentieth century and it is one that with Jeremy Corbyn now the party's leader has been reignited since the conclusion of the controversial but highly successful New Labour era The End of Parliamentary Socialism From New Left to New Labour published in the immediate aftermath of Tony Blair's first election victory in 1997 is arguably one of the most important and clearest additions to that debate one that acts as a brilliant companion piece to the eually influential Parliamentary Socialism A Study in the Politics of Labour by Ralph MilibandLeo Panitch the book's main author and Colin Leys examine and clearly explain the transformation of the Labour Party away from the social democracy of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan and towards an eventual embrace of third way capitalism under Blair Their main argument is that since its inception the party has been restricted by the narrow parliamentarianism of the Parliamentary Labour Party leadership resulting in the eventual defeat of the New Left in the wake of the defeat at the 1983 general election and the modernisation and moderation of the party under Neil Kinnock John Smith and above all else Blair Panitch and Leys also argue that the increasing centralisation of powers in the party has helped achieve its rightward drift resulting in socialist ideals falling by the wayside even when they were supported by a majority on the National Executive Committee as was the case under both Wilson and Callaghan in the 1970sThe efforts and eventual failures of the New Left receive an excellent amount of deep analysis with Tony Benn's ideas understandably constituting a large amount of the authors' study As Panitch and Leys argue the New Left led by Benn constantly challenged the Labour leadership and argued for a socialist alternative to the increasingly right wing outlook of the PLP but they were continuously dismissed and ignored resulting in their eventual failure to guide the party away from the neo liberal agenda that would form the cornerstone of New Labour policy


  4. says:

    Really good book covering the transformation of the Labour Party from labourism to a remaking of the party under Clintonite lines Combines Panitch's critiue of social democracy and parliamentarism from the left with Leys' policy wonky analysis of think tanks David Coates' hand in the conclusion was a nice addition