We are constantly told that New Labour forms an historic departure from the traditions of the Labour Party. This book, written by a distinguished selection of academics and commentators, provides the most detailed comparison yet of old and new Labour in power. It is also the first to offer a comprehensive analysis of the last Labour Government before the rise of Thatcher and the re-emergence of the Labour Party under Tony Blair's leadership. It reveals much about the history of the Labour Party as well as providing a much-needed context from which to judge the current government.
'I absolutely recommend this book to anyone judging today both the Blair government and the Labour government of 1974-78.' - Steve Richards, GMTV, Sunday Breakfast Show
Part 1: The Framework of Ideas 1. 1974: The Crisis of Old Labour 2. Political Thought: Socialism in a Cold Climate 3. Economic Thought Part 2: Domestic and Foreign Policies 4. Economic Policy 5. Trades Union Policy: The Rise and Fall of the Social Contract 6. Social Policy and Inequality 7. Education Policy 8. Europe 9. Foreign and Defence Policy Part 3: Government and Politics 10. Prime Ministers and Cabinet 11. Parliament 12. Central and Local Government 13. Devolution 14. Northern Ireland 15. The Labour Party Part 4: Perspectives 16. The 1974-9 Governments and 'New' Labour 17. The Industrial Strategy 18. Was Britain Dying? 19. Forgetting History: How New Labour Sees Old Labour 20. The Worst of Governments. Conclusion: Reading and Misreading Old Labour