Trying but failing to renew social democracy
This chapter argues that the Labour Party under Ed Miliband tried but failed to renew social democracy. Ed Miliband developed an egalitarian agenda ideologically cogent and that was predicated on the reforms to capitalism and to the state. However, the timing of his leadership, his image problems, his inability to obtain the support of relevant political actors, the resilience of neoliberalism as the prevailing political paradigm led to a dilution of his agenda. As a result his attempt to renew social democracy was robbed of boldness, clarity, coherence and persuasiveness. This outcome partly explains Labour’s defeat at the 2015 general election. The chapter concludes by arguing that the future of the Labour Party relies on keeping some aspects of Milibandism.
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