Reinventing the Left

Reinventing the Left

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Communism is dead, traditional democracy is weak, and neo-liberalism has failed. Can the Left fill the vacuum? The essays in this book argue that there is a viable future for left-of-centre politics, but that it requires a radical break with the assumptions of the past. The deepening globalization of production, the break-up of working-class communities, and the limitations of the centralized state, demand new thinking about economic renewal and social reform. Autonomy must supplement equality as the leading value of the Left; inequalities of power must be corrected outside the workplace as well as within it; markets must be directed and not abolished; and radical democracy must be established as an end in itself. In this book Anthony Giddens and Perry Anderson debate social change in industralized societies; Gordon Brown and Anne Phillips address the meaning and value of community; Michel Rocard and Will Hutton discuss alternative economic strategies; Gosta Esping-Andersen and Frances Fox Piven propose new ideas for the welfare state; and David Marquand and Jos de Beus set out competing visions for the European Union.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 074561390X
  • 9780745613901

Table of contents

Part I: The Context: Understanding the Present . 1. Brave New World: The New Context for Politics: Anthony Giddens (University of Cambridge). Comment: Power, Politics and the Enlightenment: Perry Anderson (University of California, Los Angeles). Part II: Citizenship, Equality and Democracy . 2. Inequalities of Powe, Problems of Democracy: David Held (Open University). Comment: Deciding About Rights: Anna Coote (Institute for Public Policy Research). 3. Equality, Difference and Democracy: Elizabeth Meehan (Queen's University, Belfast). Comment: Citizenship and Political Change: Raymond Plant (St. Catherine's College, Oxford). 4. Ethnic Difference and Racial Equality: New Challenges for the Left: Tariq Modood (Policy Studies Institute). Comment: Minority Rights, Majority Values: Bhikhu Parekh (University of Hull). Part III: Social Solidarity and Economic Prosperity . 5. The Politics of Potential: A New Agenda for Labour: Gordon Brown (The Labour Party). Comment : Whose Community? Which Individuals?: Anne Phillips (Guildhall University). 6. Productive Solidarities: Economic Strategy and Left Politics: Joel Rogers and Wolfgang Streeck (Both at the University of Wisconsin). Comment: Don't Forget the Demand Side: Robert Kuttner (writer and columnist). 7. Social Solidarity in a Mixed Economy: Michel Rocard (Parti Socialiste, France). Comment: The Social Market in a Global Context: Will Hutton (The Guardian). Part IV: Politics Beyond Labour . 8. Equality and Work in the Post-Industrial Life-Cycle: Gosta Esping-Andersen (University of Trento). Comment: Economic Imperatives and Social Reform: Frances Fox-Piven (City University of New York). 9. Sustaining Social Democracy: The Politics of the Environment: Stephen Tindale. Part III: Instruments of Change . 10. Reinventing Federalism: Europe and the Left: David Marquand (University of Sheffield). Comment: European Constitutional Patriotism: Jos de Beus (University of Twente and University of Amsterdam). 11. Reinventing Politics: Manuel Escudero (Instituto de Empresa, Madrid). Comment: Turning Outwards - A New Sort of Party: Margaret Hodge (Formerly Leader of Islington Borough Council, now consultant, Price Waterhouse). Afterword . 12. Dos and Don'ts for Social Democrats: James Cornford and Patricia Hewitt (Both at Institute for Public Policy Research).
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