Context: the emergence of the British Labour Party

Rhiannon Vickers

in The Labour Party and the World, Volume 1

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780719067440
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700655 | DOI:
Context: the emergence of the British Labour Party

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This chapter provides a brief introduction to the international context within which the Labour Party emerged in terms of Great Britain's role in the world and examines the historical sociology of the development of the party itself. It explains that the party was formed to represent the working class and this significantly influenced the way that the party thought about foreign policy. This chapter characterises the party as a loose federation of organisations rather than a party with a specified ideology and highlights its commitment to internal democracy in its structure and ethos.

Keywords: Labour Party; Great Britain; historical sociology; working class; foreign policy; internal democracy

Chapter.  6572 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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