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After the Third Way : the future of social democracy in Europe /

by Cramme, Olaf (ed.) | Diamond, Patrick (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. I.B. Tauris 2012Description: xv, 288 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: The Guiding Purpose of Centre-Left Politics -- 1.From Fatalism to Fraternity: Governing Purpose and the Good Society / Patrick Diamond -- 2.Social Democracy in a Global Era / Luke Martell -- Policy Predicaments -- 3.Debt and Deficits: The Quest for Economic Competence / Andrew Gamble -- 4.The Mechanics of Markets: Politics, Economics and Finance / John Kay -- 5.Social Democracy at the End of the Welfare State? / Peter Taylor-Gooby -- 6.Equality, Social Trust and the Politics of Institutional Design / Bo Rothstein -- 7.Progress and Social Policy: Two-and-a-Half Cheers for Education / Lane Kenworthy -- 8.Social Cohesion, Culture Politics and the Impact of Migration / Mark Elchardus -- 9.Identity, Community and the Politics of Recognition / Michael Kenny -- Governance and Politics -- 10.The Power of European Integration: Choice and Purpose for Centre-Left Politics / Olaf Cramme -- 11.Back to the Future: Towards a Red-Green Politics / John McTernan -- 12.Globalisation Challenges to Centre-Left Internationalism / John Lloyd -- 13.The Squeezed Middle and the New Inequality / Liam Byrne -- 14.Citizen Engagement and the Quest for Solidarity / Henry Tam -- 15.Co-operation, Creativity and Equality: Key Concepts for a New Social Democratic Era / Robert Misik -- 16.Afterword: The New Social Democracy? / Patrick DiamondSummary: The social democratic parties were once the strongest political forces in Europe. Today, however, they appear disoriented and rudderless, crucially lacking the ideological, intellectual, and organizational vitality which underpinned their strength in the post-war political landscape. Electorally marginalized, seemingly ideologically exhausted, and often out-of-step with the contemporary zeitgeist, European social democracy is currently in profound need of revision and renewal - potentially its very existence as a political force is under threat. This book marks a serious attempt to forge the intellectual backbone of a renewed social democracy fit for the 21st century. Bringing together leading academics, political thinkers, and policy experts, After the Third Way offers a new and original perspective on ideological and policy innovation, and will be invaluable reading for anyone interested in the future of social democracy.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Blue labour : forging a new politics / edited by Ian Geary, Adrian Pabst ; foreword by Rowan Williams.

by Geary, Ian [editor.] | Pabst, Adrian [editor.].

Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: xiv, 278 pages ; 22 cm.Summary: In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, and the worst recession for over seventy years, Britain has witnessed one of the most turbulent eras in politics since the Second World War. The dominant political and capitalistic system has come under close scrutiny; and the 2008 financial crash has cast serious doubt on the economic and social liberalism of both Thatcherism and Blairism. The Blue Labour movement addresses the fact that neither nationalisation nor privatisation has delivered lasting prosperity or stability. Critiquing the dominance in Britain of a social-cultural liberalism linked to the left and a free-market liberalism associated with the right, Blue Labour blends a 'progressive' commitment to greater economic equality with a more 'conservative' disposition emphasising personal loyalty, family, community and locality. Seeking to move beyond the centrist pragmatism of Blair and Cameron, this essential work speaks to the needs of diverse people and communities across the country. It is the programme of a vital new force in politics: one that could define the thinking of the next generation and beyond.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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