Renewal

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2-3, June

Alternatives to Neo-Liberalism in the Third World
The Third World has entered an era of ideological flux. The inadequacies of neo-liberalism have spawned a widespread questioning of this dominant worldview. Intellectuals and political movements search for an alternative path that offers the hope of...
A New Political Landscape: A Different Double Shuffle?
If political movements are to have futures, those who lead them have to understand the dynamics of time, and their own place in the constellation of things. But historical vision is difficult for those immersed in the detail of the here-and-now; which...
A New Political Landscape: Engaging with Cameronism
With Gordon Brown becoming Prime Minister on the back of an opinion poll lead for Labour, Conservative strategists might now be thinking that they should be more careful in what they wish for. Since David Cameron became Conservative leader in December...
A New Political Landscape: Making Space for Children: The Big Challenge for Our Public Realm
Current debates about childhood and children's place in society generally lack a coherent political narrative. They tend to be framed either by anxious reactions to specific trends--which tend to condemn the modern world as the enemy of 'real childhood'--or...
A New Political Landscape: Reconfiguring Security
The appointment of Gordon Brown as prime minister marks a major and possibly once-off opportunity for the Labour government to reconfigure its approach to security, in a way that promises to be better both for the Party's internal sense of itself and...
A New Political Landscape: Who's Afraid of the Respect Party? Dissent and Cohesion in Modern Britain
For a demographic group that makes up approximately 3 per cent of the UK's population, the Muslim community manages to command more than its fair share of newspaper headlines. Rarely does a week pass without controversy, whether it be veil-wearing...
Futures for Social Democracy: Economic Citizenship and the New Capitalism
If social democratic parties are to successfully address the big challenges at the turn of the 21st century--from growing global inequality to climate change--the workplace and collective organisation cannot be ignored. Work isn't just a destination...
Futures for Social Democracy: Renovating European Social Democracy
The 'end' of social democracy has been pronounced repeatedly, with varying degrees of conviction in recent decades (Dahrendorf, 1990; Giddens, 1994; Gray, 1996, 1998). Meanwhile, in 2007, both the French and Italian left have entered (yet another)...
Futures for Social Democracy: Revisionism, Past and Present
At a recent Policy Network seminar Giles Radice made the case for the periodic revision of social democratic ideas. Explaining that Anthony Crosland had written The Future of Socialism in 1956 in self-conscious emulation of the German Marxist Eduard...
Futures for Social Democracy: Social Democracy and Family Values
Why worry about the family? To many in social democracy and the left, issues surrounding the family are of secondary importance to those of the economy and equality. Moreover, public debate around the family is part of the discourse of social conservatism...
Futures for Social Democracy: Social Democracy beyond Productivism
In recent years the political weather has turned quite wintry for social democratic politics. The European-wide electoral successes and political energies of 1996 to 2001 seem distant. But amid conservative revivals, recriminations and uncertainties...
Futures for Social Democracy: The Once and Future Ideology
Thanks to globalization, it is often said, the world is at the dawn of a new era. The spread of markets across the globe, and the deepening and quickening of economic interconnections accompanying it, is creating a fundamentally new situation for leaders...
Futures for Social Democracy: The Potential of British Social Democracy
Whether social democracy has a future in Britain has been long debated, though the fact that its future has been long debated implies that it has never actually died. That people have always thought it was dying was due to the relative electoral failure...
Live Working or Die Fighting-How the Working Class Went Global
Paul Mason HARVILL SECKER 2007 E. P. Thompson wrote his epic study of working class formation, The Making of the English Working Class, in the years 1959-62, a period in which the left was grappling with profound social change and an economic...
Nigerian Selections
Most urban areas in Nigeria go for days without electricity, some have lighting for only a few hours a day, and total electricity production is less than at the time of independence in 1960. In rural areas there is almost no electricity. As a result...
Tensions in Education Policy: Learning to Compete
Using education as a tool for successful competitive participation in a global economy remains a major aim of governments around the world. By the later twentieth century post-industrial countries, notably the USA and the UK, had put the work ethic...
Tensions in Education Policy: The Public Exams Crisis and the Threat of Educational Apartheid
Accelerating changes in the educational world over the last two decades, amounting to permanent revolution, have transformed the curriculum of state schools and the public exam system. Both public exam and testing regimes have proved controversial,...
The Politics of Food
Two-thirds of men and 60 per cent of women in the UK are either overweight or obese. Not only are we eating too much, we are eating the wrong things: merely 14 per cent of men and 27 per cent of women eat the recommended five portions of fruit or vegetables...
The Problem of Social Democracy
The disconnection of our political life from most people's everyday interactions and concerns, much worried over today, is not a new problem. It can be traced back to the very emergence of the modern state. Social democracy originated as an attempt...
The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom
Written and Directed by Adam Curtis In March 2007, BBC2 screened The Trap, a series of films by Adam Curtis. Curtis had previously won attention for documentary series such as Century of the Self (on the influence of Freud) and The Power of Nightmares...