Renewal : a Journal of Labour Politics

A quarterly political journal promoting the ideas and policies of the Labour Party in Britain.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3/4, 2011

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 in a...
Blue Labour and the Limits of Social Democracy
According to at (east 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 Bernières 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 what...
Democracy, Collective Action, and the State
An exchangeFrom: Marc StearsTo: Tim HortonDear TimI 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...
Going for Growth
Going for GrowthWill Straw (ed.)ippr, 2011Reviewed by Noel Thompson1In 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 after the Crisis
The short-lived rediscovery of KeynesIn 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 widely...
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 remains...
Opposing the Age of Austerity
Creating alliances of public service workers and usersIt has now been a year since the 201 0 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...
Personalising Public Services - Understanding the Personalisation Narrative
Personalising Public Services - Understanding the Personalisation Narrative Catherine Needham POLICY PRESS, 2011Reviewed by David RowlandIt is not often that praise should be given for authorial ambivalence, particularly when that ambivalence is directed...
Punch and Judy Politics
A 1920s retrospectiveIn his first speech as Conservative Party leader in 2005, David Garrieron 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...
Renewing the Case for Electoral Reform
The issue of women's representationThe 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,...
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
Subversive Citizens: Power, Agency and Resistance in Public Services Marian Barnes and David Prior (eds.) POLICY PRESS, 2009Reviewed by Catherine NeedhamThe front-line of public services - the place where staff interact with the people who use services...
Telling Tales about Labour
What Ed Miliband could learn from Margaret ThatcherOf 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...
The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe
The End of the West: The Once and Future Europe David Marquand PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2011Reviewed by Andy TarrantDavid Marquand's title and sub-title accurately précis his general approach: in the context of the relative decline of the power of...
The Entrepreneurial State
Foundations for progressive economicsAcross 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...
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
Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World Nicholas Shaxson BODLEY HEAD, 2011Reviewed by Matthew RichardsonTreasure Islands is the story of how corporate giants and the super-rich, with their legions of bankers, lawyers and lobbyists,...
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...
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