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Labours Old and NewThe Parliamentary Right of the British Labour Party 1970-79 and the Roots of New Labour$
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Stephen Meredith

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073229

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073229.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Labours Old and New

Stephen Meredith

Manchester University Press

This book adopts a methodology that attempts to disaggregate conventional interpretations of a monolithic and homogeneous Labour right or revisionist leadership tendency. It concentrates on the Labour right at the parliamentary level in the 1970s. The Labour government had encountered serious difficulties of both economic management and wider manifesto commitments, and relations with the party and National Executive Committee (NEC) deteriorated significantly. Labour's post-war social democracy experienced significant challenges to its governing and institutional norms. The empirical basis of the study consists of a number of case studies of key ideological and policy themes, which explore the dimensions of the complexity and divisions of the parliamentary Labour right in the 1970s. A key moment and factors in the evolution of social democratic politics and the making of the contemporary Labour Party is addressed. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   parliamentary Labour right, Labour government, National Executive Committee, social democracy, Labour Party, social democratic politics

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