Soundings

Articles from No. 53, Spring

A Connected Society
Social connectedness has a key part to play in the search for equality.Political conditions in many countries presently demand that we undertake serious thinking all the way to the roots about how to build a progressive politics of egalitarian empowerment....
After Neoliberalism: Analysing the Present
The founding editors of Soundings set out the framing analysis for our online manifesto.With the banking crisis and the credit crunch of 2007-8, and their economic repercussions around the globe, the system of neoliberalism, or global free-market capitalism,...
Editorial
Neoliberalism and how to end its dominance has been a central concern in Soundings since its inception. In this issue, we carry the framing statement for our online manifesto, After neoliberalism?, written by the journal's three founding editors, Stuart...
Green Shoots? Interview with Natalie Bennett
Jo Green Party policies on the whole seem to be left-wing and anti-neoliberal: arguing for re-nationalising the railways, the social redistribution of wealth and a citizens' living wage, and arguing against economic growth as the best indicator of social...
Has Multiculturalism in Britain Retreated?
If properly understood, multiculturalism continues to flourish in Britain.Scholars who are critical and supportive of multiculturalism note how it is in 'retreat' or in question in different countries as leading politicians are rejecting it.1 Britain...
In France, Will Change Be Now or Never?
Can the Socialists achieve real change in France?In May 1981 François Mitterrand became the first Socialist President of the French Fifth Republic. His two electoral slogans - 'Change Life' (inspired by vagabond poet Arthur Rimbaud) and 'Calm Strength'...
Leveson and the Prospects for Media Reform
Can the press barons be brought under control?Just before the phone hacking crisis broke in July 2011, the Westminster Media Forum held a seminar on the prospects for future communications legislation. In a discussion focused on how best to deregulate...
Railways - beyond Privatisation
A strategy for bringing railways back into community control.Britain's railways have always been profoundly political. Ever since the inauspicious opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway on 15 September 1830, when William Huskisson MP was...
Revisiting the Olympic Legacy
A roundtable discussion convened and organised by James Graham, with Bob Gilbert, Anna Minton, Mark Perryman, Gavin Poynter and Claire WestallOne of the most important debates about the Games is the nature of their legacy. First of all let's look at...
The State of the Left
Labour's priorities after Blair and BrownLabour lost office in 2010 after thirteen years in government - the longest stretch of Labour government the party has managed since it was founded a hundred years ago. It more than doubled the previous record,...
When Is Peace? Women's Post-Accord Experiences in Three Countries
What has happened to women's hopes for peace in Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Israel-Palestine?Peace is elusive. I don't mean that it eludes us in a practical sense - we think we have it, and then war returns. This is often so, of course....
Why It's Still Kicking off Everywhere
Are we witnessing a global revolt against neoliberalism?Two years on from the Arab Spring, I'm clearer about what it was that it inaugurated: it is a revolution. In some ways it parallels the revolutions of before - 1848, 1830, 1789 - and there are also...
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