Rebuilding Social Democracy

Core Principles for the Centre Left

Edited by Kevin Hickson

Rebuilding Social Democracy

Edited by Kevin Hickson

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

152 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2016
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447333173 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The British Labour Party could hardly be more obviously in crisis. Though the party held power from 1997 to 2010, at the end of that period it was intellectually exhausted, and its opposition to the Coalition Government and the subsequent Conservative Government was largely ineffective. This book aims to fix that, offering a clearly defined set of aims and values that the Labour Party can use to rebuild itself and the nation. Rooting the discussion in foundational principles like social justice, equality, welfare, social cohesion, and more, the book offers leading academics a platform from which to begin the revival of center-left thought and practice in Britain.
Review Quotes
Lord Neil Kinnock
“A perceptive contribution to debate about the Labour Party, which now faces a crisis of existence as a serious political force.”
Lord Raymond Plant, Labour Peer, House of Lords
“Every generation of social democrats must revise their ideology to reflect new times and this book does exactly that.”
Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist
“The arguments contained in this book point to one way out of the current impasse the Labour Party finds itself in.”
Patrick Diamond, Queen Mary, University of London
“An incisive and eloquent collection of essays which engage with the underlying political principles shaping centre-left politics in the world today.”
Steven Fielding, University of Nottingham
“A serious and timely attempt to find a solution to Labour’s ‘existential crisis.’”
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