Chapter

Introduction

Rhiannon Vickers

in The Labour Party and the World

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780719067464
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067464.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the history and evolution of the foreign policy of the Labour Party from 1951 to the present. The book argues that Labour did seek to offer an alternative to the traditional power politics or realist approach of British foreign policy, which had stressed national self-interest, and to provide a version of British foreign policy based on internationalism, which stressed co-operation and interdependence, and a concern with the international as well as the national interest. It also investigates why Labour sought a reformist rather than a radical or revolutionary approach to foreign policy.

Keywords: foreign policy; Labour Party; power politics; national self-interest; internationalism

Chapter.  3167 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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