The Third Force in Canada: The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, 1932-1948

The Third Force in Canada: The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, 1932-1948

The Third Force in Canada: The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, 1932-1948

The Third Force in Canada: The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, 1932-1948

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In these years of postwar disillusionment, of an uneasy local prosperity in a world where hunger and privation seem the rule, and of "we or they" attitudes, free men ought to be searching for solutions to their problems in the light of the fullest possible information concerning social and political experiments. The present work aims to tell the story of a new Canadian political party, built in part on the pattern of the British Labour Party, yet adapted to the needs and aspirations of North America. The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) is to this continent what the "third force" is to Europe -- a middle way between the extremes of reaction and revolution. It is testing, in a country very like our own, the compatibility of the politics of democracy and the economics of socialism.

This study is the writer's second in a series on Labour parties functioning within the British Commonwealth of Nations. The first, on the Labour Party of the United Kingdom, was published under the titles: The Labour Party in Transition, 1931-1938 (London: Routledge, 1938), and His Majesty's Opposition: Structure and Problems of the British Labour Party, 1931-1938 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1940). The third, now in preparation, will cover New Zealand under Labour rule.

Heavy obligations have been incurred in the preparation of this book. The project was commenced in 1941-1942 under a research grant of the University of California. The necessary field work in Canada was made possible through a grant-in-aid from the Social Science . . .

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