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:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history and evolution of the foreign policy of the Labour Party from 1951 to the present. The result indicates that the ideas at the heart of Labour's foreign policy at the end of the twentieth century had their antecedents in the ideas put forward by the various groups that made up the Labour Party at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Labour Party always believed that domestic and international politics were part of a whole which could not be treated as mutually exclusive, and this is why it has tried to rethink the nature of British foreign policy. However, Labour never really came to an ideological agreement over how to be internationalist within an international system dominated by nation-states. Thus, the tension between national sovereignty and internationalism lay behind many of the battles over its foreign policy.

Keywords: foreign policy; Labour Party; domestic politics; international politics; nation-states; sovereignty; internationalism

Chapter.  3625 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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