Engaging with participation

Steven Fielding

in The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719043642
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700327 | DOI:
Engaging with participation

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This chapter assesses the Labour Party's response to calls for more direct political participation. First, it examines Labour's historical attitude to the subject. It then outlines how ministers responded to its emergence as a live issue during the late 1960s, and in particular highlights Judith Hart's thinking, as she was the minister briefly in charge of the matter. The chapter then looks at those areas where increasing participation was at least discussed, such as planning, devolution, and community development. The chapter finally turns to the matter of participation within the Labour Party itself.

Keywords: political participation; Labour Party; Judith Hart; community development; planning; devolution

Chapter.  11579 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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