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The Popular and the Political Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 43





ISBN 9780415652629
Published September 10, 2014 by Routledge
256 Pages

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The failure of the left in Britain to achieve its objectives in the past, and the rapidly changing nature of popular involvement in politics in recent years, both suggest the need for a reappraisal of socialist strategy in the 1980s. The Popular and the Political explores the need to redefine socialism in terms which extend beyond 'statism', which has been the mark of both the social democracy of the last two Labour government and the Marxist left, and which reflect the changing nature of contemporary Britain.

The essays presented here consider social policy in a wide range of fields, health, housing, energy and economic planning, as well as the broad questions of democratic involvement in the political process.

Table of Contents

1. Capitalism, Statism and Socialism  Phil Leeson  2. Eurocommunism and the Ethical Ideal  David Fernbach  3. Parliamentary Democracy and Socialist Politics  Barry Hindess  4. On Struggle in the Enterprise  Paul Hirst  5. The Social contract and Socialist Policy David Purdy  6. On the Political Preconditions of the Alternative Economic Strategy  Geoff Hodgson  7. Women Work to Rule  Beatrix Campbell and Valerie Charlton  8. Energy Policy, the Environment and Democractic Control  Mike Prior  9. The National Health Service: Whose Body Is It?  Judith Gray and Andrew Forbes  10. Maintaining State Provision – Public Housing   Adah Kay  11. Is the Party Over?  Peter Lawrence

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