Soundings

Articles from No. 47, Spring

Crisis in the Eurozone
Many of the most serious errors in EU economic policy stem from a basic failure to understand how market economies function.Well before the Maastricht Treaty and the introduction to the euro, the economic analysis of monetary unions had reached widely...
From National Rites to Privatised Rights - Sport since 1999
Has the relationship between sport and national identity gone for ever?The South Africa 2010 World Cup was for most of its participants, as Mark Perryman affirmed in his article in Soundings 46, an enjoyable and enlightening experience. But for the England...
Green Shoots Down Under
The Greens are showing the way for left progress in Australia.History always repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time in Australia.George Molnar cal960This jibe reflects the experience of the Australian Labor Party's Blair-lite rule...
How the Campaign to Stop the Third Runway Was Won
How to win change through persistent campaigningWhen we set out on our historic campaign to stop Heathrow expansion nearly a decade ago a victory party would have seemed like a dream. But our triumph was no fluke. It wasn't a question of luck. It was...
Leadership, Democracy and Organising
Rethinking political leadership will play a crucial role in rebuilding the Labour PartyThe Labour Party is not comfortable with leadership. Of all the leaders of the Labour Party who have gone on to be prime minister, only one is even close to being...
Markets and Migrants in the Care Economy
Caring in the rich parts of the world is now an industry - and one that is heavily dependent on low-paid workers from the global South.Only two decades ago nannies, domestic servants and elder care companions were considered the remnants of high bourgeois...
Poor Law Britain
After the second world war and for many years afterwards it was widely agreed that the best way for society to care for its elderly, children, sick and poor was through the welfare state. But since the 1970s this idea has come under attack from all sides:...
Speaking to Power
How to make public services more humane, effective and accountableSome readers will recall the last time we marched under our union banners to protest against widespread cuts in the public services - teachers, nurses, social workers, local government...
The Future Is Conservative
Labour must embrace a conservatism that values what is shared in common, rather than a liberalism that promotes individual distinction and difference.Labour is riding high in the polls, but let us be wary of false dawns and recognise the historical predicament...
The Misuse of Evidence in Incapacity Benefit Reform
The use and misuse of evidence in the benefits debateThe idea that there are over a million people in Britain receiving Incapacity Benefit who are not entitled to it has driven a major strand of welfare reform for more than fifteen years, and was a cornerstone...
The Possibilities of Democracy
The possibilities of democracy Hilary Wainwright, Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy, Seagull Press 1910Neoliberalism is in crisis, and this not only affects its discourses and slogans, but also undermines the social and political 'fixes'...
Where Next for Social Liberals?
Is it ideology, rather than necessity, that is driving the Liberal Democrat leadership?Much has now been written about the formation of the coalition government, and the competing analyses have a great relevance to how we understand the way the coalition...
Who Benefits from the Crisis in Ireland?
The future incomes and savings of Irish citizens have been handed over to an EU/IMF debt-collection agency acting on behalf of Europe's banks.Denial is one of the phases of response to trauma. And the denial that has been a leading component of the traumatic...
Workfare and the Precariat
Workfare is the wrong policy response to the insecurities and inequalities of a flexible market economy.It has become an article of the creed of modern morality that all labour is good in itself - a convenient belief to those who live on the labour of...
'Worthy of All Praises': Muhammad Ali and the Politics of Identity
How a battling Muslim achieved global appealThe complex figure of Muhammad Ali offers an interesting way into thinking about the relationships between rebel heroes and those who identify with them. Ali was an iconic figure in the struggle for black civil...
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