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New Labour, Old Labour
The Wilson and Callaghan Governments 1974-1979





ISBN 9780415312820
Published February 23, 2004 by Routledge
372 Pages

 
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Editor(s)

Biography

Anthony Seldon is one of Britain's foremost political experts. He is Tony Blair's authorised biographer and his previous books include; The Powers Behind the Prime Minister (2001), The Blair Effect (2001), The Foreign Office (2000), Britain Under Thatcher (1999), Major (1998) and The Heath Government (1996).

Kevin Hickson is Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Liverpool. He is co-editor of the forthcoming The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding the Political Thought of the Labour Party (2004).

Reviews

'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