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Labour's foreign policy approach

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/9780719067464.003.0002
Labour's foreign policy approach

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This chapter identifies policies that reflect the six core beliefs at the heart of the Labour Party's foreign policy, which arise from its fundamental internationalist approach to international relations. These include the belief that fundamental reform of the system is possible because states have common interests and values, that international policy and governance should be based on democratic principles and universal moral norms, and that armaments and arms races can destabilise the international system. The chapter also discusses the socialist aspects of Labour's international thought, which are a belief in international working-class solidarity, and a concern to improve working conditions and alleviate poverty.

Keywords: foreign policy; Labour Party; international relations; international policy; democratic principles; universal moral norms; working-class solidarity

Chapter.  7282 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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