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The Labour Party
A Centenary History
 
 
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On 27 February 1900, the Labour Representation Committee was formed to campaign for the election of working class representatives to parliament.
One hundred years on Labour is in government with an overwhelming majority.

The Labour Party presents the latest thinking on the evolution of the Party during its first century. Trade unions, the parliamentary party and Labour's electoral strategy are considered alongside broader policy areas such as international relations and welfare. The process of modernization and change in the Labour Party under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair is discussed in many of the chapters, which combine work from contemporary historians, political scientists and sociologists.
This book is a unique opportunity both to celebrate and to assess critically the Labour Party's role in shaping the events of the twentieth century. It brings together academics from a variety of disciplines to examine the history of the Party's development and its impact on Britain in the 1900s. Contributions include commentaries and analyses from former Labour leaders, cabinet ministers and backbench MPs:

Denis Healey
David Owen
John Biffen
Calum MacDonald
Clare Short
Adrian Mitchell
Angela Eagle


Description

On 27 February 1900, the Labour Representation Committee was formed to campaign for the election of working class representatives to parliament.
One hundred years on Labour is in government with an overwhelming majority.

The Labour Party presents the latest thinking on the evolution of the Party during its first century. Trade unions, the parliamentary party and Labour's electoral strategy are considered alongside broader policy areas such as international relations and welfare. The process of modernization and change in the Labour Party under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair is discussed in many of the chapters, which combine work from contemporary historians, political scientists and sociologists.
This book is a unique opportunity both to celebrate and to assess critically the Labour Party's role in shaping the events of the twentieth century. It brings together academics from a variety of disciplines to examine the history of the Party's development and its impact on Britain in the 1900s. Contributions include commentaries and analyses from former Labour leaders, cabinet ministers and backbench MPs:

Denis Healey
David Owen
John Biffen
Calum MacDonald
Clare Short
Adrian Mitchell
Angela Eagle


Reviews

'...deserve a prominent place among other recent accounts of the Labour Party's development.' - Albion


Contents

Foreword; T.Blair
Preface; M. Foot
Introduction; B.Brivati & R.Heffernan
Out of the Bowels of the Movement: The Trade Unions and the Foundation of the Labour Party; R.Taylor
In and Out of Government, 1923-1935; K.Laybourn
The Atlee Years, 1935-1955; K.Jeffrey
A Natural Party of Government? 1955-1979; L.Baston
The Wilderness Years, 1979-1994; E.Shaw
From Old to New Labour, 1994-2000; M.J.Smith
Commentary 1; D.Healey
Commentary 2; D.Owen
Commentary 3; J.Biffen
Commentary 4; A.Eagle
Commentary 5; C.Short
Commentary 6; A.Mitchell
Labour and the Trade Unions 1945-1964; R.Taylor
Labour and the Trade Unions, 1964-Present; S.Ludlam
Organising Left and Right: Parliamentary Power Politics; R.Heffernan
Crimes and Misdemeanours: Managing Dissent in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Labour Party; T.Bale
Public Ownership and the Constitution: From 'Old' Clause Four to 'New' Clause Four; T.Jones
A 'Miracle of Politics': The Rise of Labour, 1900-45; A.Chadwick
Industrial Modernisation in Labour's Electoral Strategy, 1945-1997; B.Brivati
Labour's International Policy: A Story of Conflict and Contention; D.Keohane
Beyond Euro-Scepticism? Labour and the European Union Since 1945; R.Heffernan
Labour and Gender; C.Collette
Labour and Welfare Politics; N.Ellison
Labour and Local Government; L.Baston
Labour's Literary Dominance; B.Brivati
Bibliography
Index


Authors

BRIAN BRIVATI is Reader in History at Kingston University. His previous publications include Hugh Gaitskell (1996) which was selected as a book of the year by Roy Hattersley, Tony Benn, Donald Watt and Ian Aikten, and Lord Goodman (1999).

RICHARD HEFFERNAN is a Lecturer in Government and Politics at the Open University. He has taught previously at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of New Labour and Thatcherism and co-author, with Mike Marqusee, of Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Inside Kinnock's Labour Party.