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The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1Labour and Cultural Change$
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Steven Fielding

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719043642

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719043642.001.0001

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Engaging with participation

Engaging with participation

(p.191) 8 Engaging with participation
The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Steven Fielding

Manchester University Press

This chapter assesses the Labour Party's response to calls for more direct political participation. First, it examines Labour's historical attitude to the subject. It then outlines how ministers responded to its emergence as a live issue during the late 1960s, and in particular highlights Judith Hart's thinking, as she was the minister briefly in charge of the matter. The chapter then looks at those areas where increasing participation was at least discussed, such as planning, devolution, and community development. The chapter finally turns to the matter of participation within the Labour Party itself.

Keywords:   political participation, Labour Party, Judith Hart, community development, planning, devolution

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