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Interpreting the Labour Party : Critical Labour Movement Studies - John Callaghan

Interpreting the Labour Party

Critical Labour Movement Studies

By: Caroline Wilding, John Callaghan (Editor), Steven Fielding (Editor), Steve Ludlam (Editor)

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This publication consists of 12 essays on the principal thinkers and schools of thought concerned with the political and historical development of the Labour Party and Labour movement. It is an examination of the major methodologies and approaches in Labour studies and a critical evaluation and appreciation of much of the most interesting scholarship in this area of study. The essays have been 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. This includes the ideology on inter-war Labourism, the rival post-war perspectives on Labourism, the New Left, and the "contentious alliance" of unions with Labour. Key thinkers analysed include: Henry Pelling; Ross McKibbin; Ralph Miliband; Lewis Minkin; David Marquand; Perry Anderson; and Tom Nairn. 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. This book should be of interest to undergraduate students of British politics and political theory and to academics concerned with Labour politics and history, trade union history and politics, research methodology and political analysis.

"Taken as a whole, the collection of essays is outstanding, and both sparkles and provokes."--Nick Tiratsoo, London School of Economics

"Taken as a whole, the collection [of essays] is outstanding, and both sparkles and provokes."--Nick Tiratsoo, London School of Economics

Series editors' forewordp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Understanding Labour's ideological trajectoryp. 8
'What kind of people are you?' Labour, the people and the 'new political history'p. 23
'Labourism' and the New Leftp. 39
Ralph Miliband and the Labour Party: from Parliamentary Socialism to 'Bennism'p. 57
The continuing relevance of the Milibandian perspectivep. 71
An exceptional comrade? The Nairn-Anderson interpretationp. 86
Class and politics in the work of Henry Pellingp. 101
Ross McKibbin: class cultures, the trade unions and the Labour Partyp. 116
The Progressive Dilemma and the social democratic perspectivep. 134
Too much pluralism, not enough socialism: interpreting the unions-party linkp. 150
Lewis Minkin and the party-unions linkp. 166
How to study the Labour Party: contextual, analytical and theoretical issuesp. 182
Guide to further readingp. 197
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780719067198
ISBN-10: 0719067197
Series: Critical Labour Movement Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st December 2003
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34