The Crosland Legacy

The Future of British Social Democracy

Patrick Diamond

The Crosland Legacy

Patrick Diamond

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781447324737 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In Crosland’s Legacy, noted political writer Patrick Diamond explores the contemporary impact of Anthony Crosland’s writings on the British Labour Party, in particular through his work The Future of Socialism, published nearly sixty years ago. Despite widespread questioning of many of Crosland’s assumptions alongside obvious and important changes in British society and the economy since The Future of Socialism was published, Diamond argues that Crosland continues to serve as a key intellectual reference point for today’s Labour Party. In making the claim that “socialism is about equality,” Crosland set the context for debates that bridge Gaitskell’s Labour Party in the 1950s and the development into New Labour headed by Blair, Brown, and Miliband. This book will examine Crosland’s intellectual legacy as manifested in the debates of today’s Labour Party.
Contents
Preface;
Introduction: Crosland’s Legacy;
Crosland: The socialist theoretician as hero;
Egalitarian social democracy: ‘is equality of opportunity enough’?;
Crosland and liberal progressivism: ‘conscience and reform’;
America and Europe in post-war social democracy;
Crosland’s electoral strategy: ‘can Labour win?’;
Crosland and Labour party modernisation: From Kinnock to Blair;
The future of social democracy and the British Left;
Conclusion: A Future for Socialism?.

 
Review Quotes
David Lipsey, socialist peer and adviser to Anthony Crosland 1972?76
“Crosland was the leading British socialist intellectual of the postwar period. Diamond has strong claims to be his nearest equivalent today, and this book will be read with hunger by all those who feel the left has lost its way.”
Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield
“Tony Crosland was a radical revisionist intellectual but Labour through and through. In this important new study, Diamond explores this paradox and the Croslandite legacy for Labour today.”
Eric Shaw, University of Stirling
“A most timely and topical study of a politician who was also one of Labour’s outstanding theoreticians. . . . Vital reading for all interested in Labour’s future.”
Giles Radice, Labour peer and author
“Diamond has written an exceptionally lucid account of the work and legacy of Anthony Crosland, Labour’s outstanding revisionist intellectual. Diamond also demonstrates persuasively the relevance of Crosland’s approach for politics today.”
Hugh Pemberton, University of Bristol
“Crosland’s revisionist credo continues to be a lodestar for Labour Party ‘modernizers.’ In this pithy and insightful work, Diamond critically explores the reasons for its enduring legacy.”
Kevin Hickson, University of Liverpool
“Tony Crosland continues to fascinate nearly forty years after his untimely death. This new study is authoritatively written by someone who was a senior party advisor turned academic and deserves to be read seriously by scholars and activists alike.”
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