Renewal

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3-4, Autumn-Winter

A Different Economy for Britain
Across Europe the centre-left has suffered defeat after defeat. Former support has swung to populist parties, nationalist parties or the greens - that may sound familiar. The old reason for voting social democrat - getting a good deal for workers...
Blue Labour and the Limits of Social Democracy
According to at least one of the major figures behind it, 'Blue Labour' is no more. Jonathan Rutherford announced in late July that 'the small group of people associated with Blue Labour [had] disbanded itself' (Rutherford, 2011b). Nevertheless, despite...
Building a Movement against the Cuts: Taking Stock
There is a famous passage from Captain Corelli's Mandolin often read aloud at weddings. In it, Louis de Bernieres describes love. He tells us that what matters is not the blooming of the flower - that is simply being in love. Love, he tells us, is...
Democracy, Collective Action, and the State an Exchange
From: Marc Stears To: Tim Horton Dear Tim I hope you share my sense that this is an exciting time to be thinking anew about Labour and the priorities of the British left. There is an energy about Labour at the moment which is both sorely needed...
Editorial Policy Statement
Renewal was first published in 1993 in the wake of Labour's fourth successive general election defeat. Its goal was to contribute to the modernisation of the Labour Party necessary to win at the polls and begin the process of transforming British society....
Going for Growth
Will Straw (ed.) ippr, 2011 'In the long run we are all dead. Economists set themselves too easy a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only say that when the storm is long past the ocean will be flat once again'. Keynes's challenge to economists...
Keynes after the Crisis
The short-lived rediscovery of Keynes In 2008, the world rediscovered John Maynard Keynes as it faced the possibility that there would be a collapse of the banking system leading to another Great Depression. However, despite the anger that was...
Long Live Neo-Liberalism?
We are still very much in the midst of the financial crisis triggered by the sub-prime crash and collapse of Lehmans. With the markets in turmoil at the prospect of sovereign debt default in the eurozone and the downgrading of US bonds, the way out...
Opposing the Age of Austerity: Creating Alliances of Public Service Workers and Users
It has now been a year since the 2010 TUC Congress. All affiliates bar one voted to organise the 'co-ordination of industrial action where appropriate and to fully support any workers forced to take industrial action in defence of pension rights' and...
Personalising Public Services - Understanding the Personalisation Narrative
Catherine Needham POLICY PRESS, 2011 It is not often that praise should be given for authorial ambivalence, particularly when that ambivalence is directed towards one of the most controversial welfare reform agendas of recent years. However,...
Punch and Judy Politics: A 1920s Retrospective
In his first speech as Conservative Party leader in 2005, David Cameron pledged to put an end to 'the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing' (Cameron, 2005). In 2008 - having recently branded...
Renewing the Case for Electoral Reform: The Issue of Women's Representation
The undeniable outcome of the referendum as to whether the Alternative Vote (AV) should be used for elections to Westminster, held on 5 May 2011, was a resounding 'No'. The turnout was low at 42.2 per cent but, of those, 68 per cent voted against the...
Retrieving the Public Sphere
The recent disclosures of phone-hacking practices employed by the ex-Murdoch title News of the World completes an ignominious triptych in the abuse of authority. Its ripples have yet to dissipate, but the event takes its place alongside the 2009 Parliamentary...
Subversive Citizens: Power, Agency and Resistance in Public Services
Marian Barnes and David Prior (eds.) POLICY PRESS, 2009 The front-line of public services - the place where staff interact with the people who use services - retains a somewhat mythic status. In ministerial speeches and policy pronouncements...
Telling Tales about Labour: What Ed Miliband Could Learn from Margaret Thatcher
Of all the models on whom Ed Miliband might draw, Margaret Thatcher is perhaps the most improbable. More than two decades after her resignation, Thatcher's name still evokes a sort of righteous horror on the Labour benches; and few things more disillusioned...
The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe
David Marquand PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2011 David Marquand's title and sub-title accurately precis his general approach: in the context of the relative decline of the power of the United States of America, he believes that there is both scope...
The Entrepreneurial State: Foundations for Progressive Economics
Across the globe we are hearing that the state has to be cut back in order to foster a post-crisis recovery, unleashing the power of entrepreneurship and innovation in the private sector. This feeds a perceived contrast that is repeatedly drawn by...
Transforming Labour
On becoming Labour Leader a year ago, Ed Miliband stated very clearly his desire to change and 'refound' the Party. Indeed there is much debate right now about Party reform and how to transform Labour, with proposals due to be put forward to this year's...
Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World
Nicholas Shaxson BODLEY HEAD, 2011 Treasure Islands is the story of how corporate giants and the super-rich, with their legions of bankers, lawyers and lobbyists, found a space to grow between the cracks of a globalising world, before quietly...
We Need to Talk about Gordon
The premiership of Gordon Brown was a failure of such enormous proportions and devastating consequence that we in the Labour Party will not win a general election until we understand what went so terribly, terribly wrong. The current Labour Party isn't...