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The Labour Party and the World, Volume 1The Evolution of Labour's Foreign Policy, 1900-51$
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Rhiannon Vickers

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780719067440

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719067440.001.0001

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(p.192) Chapter 8 Conclusion
The Labour Party and the World, Volume 1

Rhiannon Vickers

Manchester University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the evolution of the Labour Party. It contends that internationalism is the overriding principle upon which Labour's foreign policy has been based. This internationalism emphasised six key issues. These include the possibility of reforming international relations through the establishment of international institutions, the commitment of states to an international community, and the formulation of international policy based on democratic principles and universal moral norms. This chapter suggests that the conflict among these principles and their openness to a range of interpretations in terms of policy solutions to particular problems caused the party severe and recurring intra-party conflict over its foreign policy.

Keywords:   Labour Party, internationalist, foreign policy, international relations, international institutions, international policy, universal moral norms, intra-party conflict

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