The first book to provide a much-needed analysis of the current state of the party and insight into longer term trends, New Labour in Power helps readers to explore both past and present in order to better understand the future.
The book explores Tony Blair's victory through both its historical context and the words of contemporary media commentators, journalists, economists and politicians, including Austin Mitchell, Peter Shore, Peter Jay, A. H. Halsey and Vernon Bogdanor. It combines historical, political and practical approaches to the questions raised by the Labour election victory and addresses core themes such as Europe, the economy, welfare, education, defense and the constitution.
1. Introduction / Brian Brivati and Tim Bale -- 2. Economic policy: lessons from past Labour Governments / Jim Tomlinson -- Commentaries / Edmund Dell and Peter Jay -- 3. From welfare state to post-welfare society? Labour's social policy in historical and contemporary perspective / Nick Ellison -- Commentaries / A. H. Halsey and Christopher Price -- 4. The moral agenda / David Walker -- Commentaries / Joe Bailey and Michael Phelan -- 5. Managing the state and the state as manager / Gerard Alexander -- Commentaries / William Plowden and Martin Smith -- 6. Labour and the constitution. Pt. I. the record / Vernon Bogdanor. Pt. II. the Blair agenda / Edward Pearce -- Commentary / Austin Mitchell -- 7. Foreign, defence and European affairs / John W. Young -- Commentary / Geoffrey Warner -- 8. Managing the party and the trade unions / Tim Bale -- Commentaries / Patrick Seyd and Peter Shore -- 9. Earthquake or watershed? Conclusions on New Labour in power / Brian Brivati.