The Crosland Legacy: The future of British social democracy

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Policy Press, Jul 20, 2016 - Political Science - 440 pages
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Anthony Crosland bequeathed a significant intellectual legacy to the Labour Party including his celebrated treatise The Future of Socialism published sixty years ago. In this timely book, Patrick Diamond argues that Crosland continues to serve as a vital reference point for today’s Labour Party. He considers a wide range of Crosland’s writings on the economy and politics, relating his ideas to ideological debates taking place within the Labour Party about egalitarian social democracy, electoral strategy, the European question, and the importance of progressive liberalism on the British centre-left. This is the first substantial work to fully consider Crosland’s legacy for British social democracy. Written in a clear and persuasive way, it will appeal to a broad audience of?thinkers and activists with an interest in the history of?the?Labour Party and the British Left.
 

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Contents

Croslands Legacy
1
the socialist theoretician as hero
25
Is equality of
53
the politics of
89
five America and Europe in postwar social democracy
141
Can Labour win?
163
eight The future of social democracy and the British Left
243
a future for socialism?
297
References
329
Notes
355
Index
411
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Patrick Diamond spent ten years in various roles at the heart of British government, including Head of Policy Planning and Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Group Director of Strategy, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Special Adviser to the Cabinet Office. He is now Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London, Executive Chair of Policy Network and was Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He writes extensively for numerous UK and European newspapers, publications and other media outlets.

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