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Labours Old and New: The Parliamentary Right of the British Labour Party 1970-79 and the Roots of New Labour

Stephen Meredith


This study is concerned with the ‘Old’ Labour right at a critical juncture of social democratic and Labour politics. It attempts to explain the complex transition from so-called ‘Old Right’ to ‘New Right’ or ‘New Labour’, and locates at least some of the roots of the latter in the complexity, tensions and fragmentation of the former during the ‘lean’ years of social democracy in the 1970s. The analysis addresses both the short- and long-term implications of the emerging ideological, organisational and political complexity and divisions of the parliamentary Labour right and Labour revisionism, ... More

Keywords: social democracy, Labour revisionism, Social Democratic Party, New Labour, Labour right, social democratic revisionism, British Labour Party, Old Labour, Old Right, New Right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719073229
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719073229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Meredith, author