Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447321682 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $46.95 ISBN: 9781447321668 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Back to the Future of Socialism

Peter Hain

Back to the Future of Socialism

Peter Hain

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

With a New Post-Election Afterword by the Author
304 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447321682 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $46.95 ISBN: 9781447321668 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
What’s gone wrong with capitalism, and how should governments respond? What does the future hold for the left in the United Kingdom in the face of the austerity straitjacket around its politics and media? Anthony Crosland’s The Future of Socialism provided a creed for governments of the center left until the global banking crisis. Now Peter Hain presents an evidence-based case for a radical alternative to the neoliberal economic agenda. A substantial new afterword in the paperback edition outlines what the Labour Party needs to do following the 2015 UK General Election to win again by returning to its core values of decency, social justice, equality, and prosperity for all.

A rousing alternative to the neoliberal, right-wing orthodoxy of our era, Hain’s book is now even more essential reading for everyone interested in the future of the left.
Contents
Preface
Introduction: Back to the future of socialism
The Crosland agenda
New Labour, Crosland and the crisis
Finance and the new capitalism
Growth not cuts
Growth by active government
Fraternity, cooperation, trade unionism
But what sort of socialist state?
A new internationalism
Britain in Europe
Refounding Labour
Faster, sustainable growth
A fairer, more equal society
A future for Labour
Review Quotes
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
“A clarion call for justice, equality, and liberty to triumph. Greed and selfishness, a widening chasm between the haves and the have-nots, indifference to climate change and poverty, threaten the very future of humankind.”
Lord Neil Kinnock
“Taking up where Tawney and Crosland left off, Hain shows practical ways in which sustained recovery of fairness, fulfillment, and freedom can be achieved in this generation.”
Kevin Maguire | Daily Mirror
“Hain proves why reports of the death of socialism were greatly exaggerated. It just needed reviving.”
Helen Clark | administrator of United Nations Human Development Group, former New Zealand Prime Minister
“Fresh thinking to tackle rising inequality and environmental degradation which imperil human development today.”
William Keegan | Observer
"This is a tour de force, and could hardly be more timely."
Baroness Ruth Lister
“A front-line politician’s treatise that makes the case for democratic socialism over neoliberalism has to be welcome. Hain makes clear why there can be no going back to New Labour, if the party is to be true to its soul.”
Jason Evans | South Wales Evening Post
“When prominent politicians leave the House of Commons they tend to write memoirs looking back at their time in politics—but Peter Hain has chosen to write a book looking forward.”
Lisa Nandy | Tribune (UK)
“Hain makes the case for an active, enabling state. . . . Whether it’s freeing up our greatest economic assets (people) through improved working conditions, or investing in homes, schools, childcare, and green jobs to create growth, the state must have a role. It’s a point worth making—not least, as Hain says, because otherwise history is bound to repeat itself. But though he critiques the past, Hain relentlessly looks to the future, providing not just a blueprint for government but a shot in the arm for socialists struggling to recover confid­ence in the face of the onslaught from the right in recent years. . . . The value of this book is that it sparks the sort of lively and nuanced debate that is too often drowned out in a public discussion so dominated by neoliberal values.”
Mark Leftly | Independent (UK)
“Its strength is its pace and breadth . . . . Back to the Future of Socialism is powerful, questionable, confrontational—but not dull.”
John Kampfner | Observer (UK)
“Indefatigably upbeat. . . . One of the most attractive aspects of Hain’s politics is his international hinterland, the huge part the anti-apartheid struggle played in his life (which he has addressed poignantly in other books). With so many MPs of all parties rising through the hideously narrow world of Westminster, his decision to stand down will deprive Labour of a powerful voice in parliament. But, as Tony Benn said, perhaps he’ll have more time to devote to politics.”
Patrick Diamond | Times Literary Supplement (UK)
“A compelling Keynesian critique of market liberalism’s failings.”
David Marx Book Reviews
“An exceptionally robust and terrific book. . . . Scrupulously well researched and timely.”
Political Studies Review
"The book is thoughtful and well written and it provides a useful overview of recent developments, written from a positive but critical socialist perspective."
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