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Introduction

Stephen Meredith

in Labours Old and New

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780719073229
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701508 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719073229.003.0001
Introduction

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This book adopts a methodology that attempts to disaggregate conventional interpretations of a monolithic and homogeneous Labour right or revisionist leadership tendency. It concentrates on the Labour right at the parliamentary level in the 1970s. The Labour government had encountered serious difficulties of both economic management and wider manifesto commitments, and relations with the party and National Executive Committee (NEC) deteriorated significantly. Labour's post-war social democracy experienced significant challenges to its governing and institutional norms. The empirical basis of the study consists of a number of case studies of key ideological and policy themes, which explore the dimensions of the complexity and divisions of the parliamentary Labour right in the 1970s. A key moment and factors in the evolution of social democratic politics and the making of the contemporary Labour Party is addressed. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: parliamentary Labour right; Labour government; National Executive Committee; social democracy; Labour Party; social democratic politics

Chapter.  12659 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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