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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the evolution of the Labour Party. It contends that internationalism is the overriding principle upon which Labour's foreign policy has been based. This internationalism emphasised six key issues. These include the possibility of reforming international relations through the establishment of international institutions, the commitment of states to an international community, and the formulation of international policy based on democratic principles and universal moral norms. This chapter suggests that the conflict among these principles and their openness to a range of interpretations in terms of policy solutions to particular problems caused the party severe and recurring intra-party conflict over its foreign policy.

Keywords: Labour Party; internationalist; foreign policy; international relations; international institutions; international policy; universal moral norms; intra-party conflict

Chapter.  7740 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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