First published in 1983, this book is concerned with the prospects for socialist politics in contemporary Britain, in particular with the limitations of political analysis produced both by Marxist socialism and the non-Marxist socialism of the Labour left. The author suggests ways in which socialist political analysis and strategic thinking should be reconstructed if socialism in Britain was to survive political as a force. The major Marxist debates on, and the limitations of, socialist politics under conditions of parliamentary democracy are examined, as well as what is involved in a politics of democratisation. The dominant forms of strategic thinking on the Labour left are also analysed.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Marxism and parliamentary democracy 2 Democracy and parliamentary democratic politics 3 The Labour Party and socialist strategy 4 Problems of political support; Conclusion: Socialist and electoral politics; Bibliography; Index