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British Politics in the Global Age : Can Social Democracy Survive? - Joel Krieger

British Politics in the Global Age

Can Social Democracy Survive?

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Published: 1st April 1999
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Joel Krieger provides an in-depth study of New Labour's model of government and the political challenges it faces. He analyzes the interaction of global processes and domestic politics from the organization of production to the formation of class, ethnic, and gender-based identities. Krieger develops an original framework for analyzing New Labour in comparison to three models of social democracy and places the British case firmly in the context of alternative national models and European debates.

"This book is an important and enriching contribution to the analysis of British politics. It eschews the language of 'no alternative' to argue that in a global age New Labor can and should seek to craft a distinct form of social democratic politics equipped for a multinational and multiethnic Britain. It deserves to be widely read."--American Political Science Review "This is an ambitious and original study of the politics of New Labour, which analyzes how social democratic politics have been transformed by changes taking place in the organization of production and the composition of the working class, and by the rise of new identities. It offers a fresh perspective and a challenging assessment of what New Labour needs to do to carry its project through to success."--Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield "This is a powerful and original argument for the renewal of social democracy in Britain. Like Tony Blair, Joel Krieger recognizes that the Labour Party must break radically with the welfare state which it took the lead in establishing after World War Two. Stating clearly what he means by the catch-all term 'globalization,' he shows how it makes the old model obsolete. In Krieger's opinion, that analysis also reveals the shortcomings of Blair's proposed 'Third Way,' and, moreover, suggests how the social democratic ideal can be adapted in politics, policies, and institutions to the needs of the global age."--Samuel H. Beer, Harvard University (Emeritus) "It is most exciting to have a book on New Labour that focuses not on political parties or personalities or even just on economic and constitutional challenges, but on our changed social conditions--and that includes new ethnicities and transnational identities. Ethnic minority groups are struggling with what community means--in practical terms, what it means to be Muslim, or Indian, or black. Krieger sees these debates as key to the reconceptualization of collectivity today and challenges New Labour to connect these debates to its core value of community. His understanding of a new multicultural social democracy is an important contribution to the reformulation of center-left politics--and not just in Britain."--Tariq Modood, University of Bristol "This book is an important and enriching contribution to the analysis of British politics. It eschews the language of 'no alternative' to argue that in a global age New Labor can and should seek to craft a distinct form of social democratic politics equipped for a multinational and multiethnic Britain. It deserves to be widely read."--American Political Science Review "This is a timely book ... Krieger's analysis of the social foundations of British Politics and New Labour is must reading for all trying to make sense of contemporary British politics."--British Politics Group Newsletter "This is an ambitious and original study of the politics of New Labour, which analyzes how social democratic politics have been transformed by changes taking place in the organization of production and the composition of the working class, and by the rise of new identities. It offers a fresh perspective and a challenging assessment of what New Labour needs to do to carry its project through to success."--Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield "This is a powerful and original argument for the renewal of social democracy in Britain. Like Tony Blair, Joel Krieger recognizes that the Labour Party must break radically with the welfare state which it took the lead in establishing after World War Two. Stating clearly what he means by the catch-all term 'globalization,' he shows how it makes the old model obsolete. In Krieger's opinion, that analysis also reveals the shortcomings of Blair's proposed 'Third Way,' and, moreover, suggests how the social democratic ideal can be adapted in politics, policies, and institutions to the needs of the global age."--Samuel H. Beer, Harvard University (Emeritus) "It is most exciting to have a book on New Labour that focuses not on political parties or personalities or even just on economic and constitutional challenges, but on our changed social conditions--and that includes new ethnicities and transnational identities. Ethnic minority groups are struggling with what community means--in practical terms, what it means to be Muslim, or Indian, or black. Krieger sees these debates as key to the reconceptualization of collectivity today and challenges New Labour to connect these debates to its core value of community. His understanding of a new multicultural social democracy is an important contribution to the reformulation of center-left politics--and not just in Britain."--Tariq Modood, University of Bristol "An important book that adds clarity to the often amorphous notion of globalization. The book's conceptual and theorhetical rigor serves as a useful antidote to the journalistic obsession with 'the Blair effect' and the ubiquitous spin doctors. An important and enriching contribution to the analysis of British politics. It deserves to be widely read."--Andrew P. Geddes, American Political Science Review, September 2000

Preface Part I. Situating the New Labour 1: Social Democracy: The British Case in Theoretical and Comparative Perspective 2: New Labour: Regime Characteristics, Strategic Options, Dilemmas Part II. The Organization of Production 3: Social Democracy, Class, and National Policy Sovereignty 4: Globalization, Post-Fordism, and the British Model Part III. The Unmaking of the British Working Class 5: Women, Work, and Social Policy 6: Ethnic Minority Groups: Employment and Settlement Patterns Part IV. Modular Politics 7: Modularity, Identities, and Cultural Repertoires 8: National Identities 9: Communities: Actual and Imagined Conclusion 10: Challenges to Contemporary British Government

ISBN: 9780195215755
ISBN-10: 0195215753
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34