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New Labour triumphs

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/9780719067464.003.0007
New Labour triumphs

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This chapter deals with the foreign policy of the Labour Party under the governments of Prime Minister Tony Blair. It comments on Robin Cook's mission statement concerning an ethical dimension to foreign policy and analyses Blair's response to the Kosovo crisis, Great Britain's role in Europe, and an assessment of international development and aid policy. The chapter also describes the key changes in the New Labour's first administration, which include a shift away from a more traditional balance of power approach to British foreign policy to a more internationalist stance, an opening up of both the foreign policy-making processes and institutional structures to wider involvement from non-governmental organisations and the public, and a broadening of the definition of foreign policy to give a greater prominence to transnational issues.

Keywords: foreign policy; Labour Party; Tony Blair; Robin Cook; Kosovo crisis; international development; New Labour; non-governmental organisations; transnational issues

Chapter.  12295 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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