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The Labour Party under Ed MilibandTrying but failing to renew social democracy$
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Eunice Goes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090707

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090707.001.0001

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Labour and equality II

Labour and equality II

Power to the people

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The Labour Party under Ed Miliband

Eunice Goes

Manchester University Press

Ed Miliband’s egalitarian agenda went beyond considerations about distributive justice. Whilst he believed that redistribution of wealth was an important tool to reduce inequalities he was equally exercised by what he defined as ‘inequalities of power’. This chapter examines Miliband’s ‘power to the people’ agenda which had four main strands: devolution of power to local authorities; a reform of public services based on relational state ideas; the promotion of movement politics and reforms to representative institutions. In order to do so, the chapter maps the ideas that shaped Miliband’s agenda and explains how they were adopted by the party. This agenda was identified as the ‘third leg of Milibandism’ but as result of the different political and institutional constraints the Labour leader encountered it delivered far less than it was initially intended.

Keywords:   State, Relational state, Devolution, Democracy, Constitutional reform, Movement Politics, Guild socialism

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