Soundings

Articles from No. 48, Summer

A Left Communitarianism? What about Multiculturalism?
A more plural approach can help to heal breaches both within the 'multicultural community' and beyond.Ejected from power, the centre left is once again a place of thinking. Old antagonisms diat marked the ways in which its fractions conceived of culture,...
Berlusconi of the Left?
Does the rise of Nichi Vendola in Italy offer new hope for the left?While the international media have reported in great detail the sex and prostitution scandals engulfing the beleaguered Silvio Berlusconi, they seem to have completely missed the rise...
Editorial
The neoliberal revolution began in the 1970s, as an - extremely successful - attempt to roll back the gains of the post-war welfare state, reverse the gains of liberation movements and restore the dominance of business interests across the world. Stuart...
Ideology and Economics in the Present Moment
Battling our way out of the neoliberal terrain requires new thinking on ideology as well economics.As I understand it, the conjunctural analysis we have been discussing in recent issues of Soundings is about deep structural movements.1 It is not particularly...
Reframing Child Poverty
What lessons can we learn from the limitations of Labour's efforts to end child poverty?The experience of poverty in the UK is the struggle to make ends meet, die frustration and debilitation of dealing with inflexible and unsympathetic bureaucracies,...
Relational Welfare
The welfare state is based on an outdated, transactional model, and needs to be replaced with something that is shared, collective and relational.The current parameters of the debate around welfare reform are inadequate. A relentless focus on finance...
The Community of Things
Why progressive politics needs to recognise the social side of materialismShopping is usuaUy a collective act. Most of the time it is done in groups, in families or with friends. Much of our consumption is for other people; or we have other people in...
The Crisis of a Social System
Is the current political settlement sustainable?The persuasive view that Stuart HaU has set out in his article in this issue is that the Coalition is the most radical government since Thatcher. He describes its ferocious programme to further subjugate...
The EU Crisis: Integration or Gradual Disintegration?
The only way the EU can avoid disintegration is to move towards greater integration.Two - seemingly diametrically opposed - conclusions have been drawn from the outUne European Union agreement to reform die governance of the Euro-area following the crises...
The Neoliberal Revolution
Thatcher, Blair, Cameron - the long march of neoliberalism continues.How do we make sense of our extraordinary political situation: the end of the debt-fuelled boom, the banking crisis of 2007-10, the defeat of New Labour and the rise to power of a Conservative-Liberal-Democratic...
The Privatisation of Stress
The numerous pathologies generated by neoliberalism can only be cured within a revivified public sphere.Ivor Southwood tells the story of how, at a time when he was living in a condition of underemployment - relying on short-term contracts given to him...
When the Party Is Over: Labour in Scotland and Britain
Labour needs new thinking on the future of social democracy, and of twenty-first century nation states - both in Scotland and Britain.Scottish Labour has a long, proud history. It is one of the original and most influential parts of what we used to call...
'You Don't Talk about Love in Government'
A roundtable discussion on Sure Start and the first three years of lifeTessa Sure Start was conceived as a nurture programme that focused on reinforcing the intimacy of the early relationship between mothers and their tiny babies. It was based on the...