The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party

From Attlee to Corbyn and Brexit

Dimitri Batrouni

The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party

Dimitri Batrouni

Distributed for Bristol University Press

160 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781529205060 Published May 2020 For sale in North and South America only
This book surveys and lays bare the internal battle in the United Kingdom's Labour party over ideas since the mid-1990s to the present day. It focuses on the leadership periods of Tony Blair, Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn, especially the latter two. They represent the renewal of debating, openly, ideas in the party post-New Labour, as opposed to an almost exclusive focus on electoral, pragmatic, concerns under New Labour. It will highlight these debates, the influential thinkers, advisers, MPs and other critical actors involved. Corbyn, with his spectacular rise to becoming leader, has breathed new life into the left’s ideas and swung the pendulum within the party back towards prioritizing ideology over electoral concerns.
Contents
Introduction The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party, 1945– 92 The Rise of New Labour: Electoral Concerns Trump Ideology Bridging the Divide: Ed Miliband and Ideas Pre-distribution Corbynism: The Left’s Resurgence Corbynism: Brexit and Globalization
Review Quotes
Left Foot Forward
“[This book] is well worth reading for anyone interested in Labour’s extensive history and may be of particular use to its new leader, a man who needs to ensure he can deal with ideas successfully and ensure that the Labour Party accepts his.”
Mark Wickham-Jones, University of Bristol
“Labour party politics have been a rollercoaster over past decades. Batrouni offers an indispensable guide to this journey. Accessibly written and packed with insights and measured analysis, this is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand Labour’s present situation.”
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