The Political Economy of New Labour: Labouring Under False Pretences?

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Manchester University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 242 pages
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The Political Economy of New Labour provides 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.
 

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Contents

the legacy of Thatcherism
1
the Policy Review
42
On New Labours Ups and Anthony Downs
76
the politics
105
the economic politics
145
Labouring Under False Pretences? Dedication
181
Bibliography
212
Index 211
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Colin Hay is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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