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Capitalism's final phase: the case of the Socialist Workers’ Party

Craig Berry

in Globalisation and Ideology in Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084881
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701850 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719084881.003.0008
Capitalism's  final phase: the case of the Socialist Workers’ Party

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This chapter argues that the SWP is the most politically marginal group studied in this book. The chapter gives insight into how far from the centre of British politics the dominant meanings of globalisation discourse have travelled. Moreover, despite Labour's rightwards shift, the SWP's discourse is born to some extent of the same ideological gene pool as its social democratic relations. As such, this contrast also enables insight into globalisation's relationship with left-wing staples such as the state. The chapter first assesses the relationship between the globalisation concept and the SWP's pre-existing commitment to Marxism. The second section looks at the party's approach to foreign economic policy, noting the impact of the financial crisis on SWP discourse in this regard. Finally, the third section looks at organisational issues such as the relationship between anti-war and anti-capitalism, and the SWP's role in and understanding of the wider transnational movement.

Keywords: British politics; SWP; globalisation; social democratic relations; Marxism; transnational movement

Chapter.  11406 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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