British Labour Leaders

British Labour Leaders

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As the party that championed trade union rights, the creation of the NHS and the establishment of a national minimum wage, Labour has played an undoubtedly crucial role in the shaping of contemporary British society. And yet, the leaders who have stood at its helm - from Keir Hardie to Ed Miliband, via Ramsay MacDonald, Clement Attlee and Tony Blair - have steered the party vessel with enormously varying degrees of success.With the widening of the franchise, revolutionary changes to social values and the growing ubiquity of the media, the requirements, techniques and goals of Labour leadership since the party's turn-of-the-twentieth-century inception have been forced to evolve almost beyond recognition - and not all its leaders have managed to keep up.This comprehensive and enlightening book considers the attributes and achievements of each leader in the context of their respective time and diplomatic landscape, offering a compelling analytical framework by which they may be judged, detailed personal biographies from some of the country's foremost political critics, and exclusive interviews with former leaders themselves.An indispensable contribution to the study of party leadership, British Labour Leaders is the essential guide to understanding British political history and governance through the prism of those who created it. Contribibuting authors include Tim Bale, Tony Blair, Brian Brivati, Jim Buller, Charles Clarke, Thomas Hennessey, David Howell, Toby S. James, Peter Kellner, Neil Kinnock, William W. J. Knox, Kenneth O. Morgan, John Rentoul, Steve Richards, John Shepherd, Mark Stuart, Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds, Martin Westlake, Phil Woolas and Chris more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 40mm | 672g
  • Biteback Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1849548161
  • 9781849548168
  • 738,714

About Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke was Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1997 to 2010. He served as Education Minister from 1998 and then in the Home Office from 1999 to 2001. From 2002 to 2004 he was Secretary of State for Education and Skills and then Home Secretary until 2006. He holds visiting professorships at the University of East Anglia, Lancaster University, and University College London.; Dr Toby James is senior lecturer in British and comparative politics at the University of East Anglia. He has a PhD from the University of York and has previously worked at Swansea University and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. He is the co-convenor of the Political Studies Association's Political Leadership Group and has published on statecraft theory and political leadership in various more

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