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Mainstreaming Co-OperationAn Alternative for the Twenty-First Century?$
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Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099595

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099595.001.0001

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The wasted years? The Co-operative party during the 1930s

The wasted years? The Co-operative party during the 1930s

(p.131) 8 The wasted years? The Co-operative party during the 1930s
Mainstreaming Co-Operation

Angela Whitecross

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on the development of Co-operative Party policy in 1930s Britain, investigating the extent to which it advocated co-operative forms of ownership. Although the Co-operative and Labour Parties had an electoral alliance from 1927, there remained organisational and ideological differences. The chapter explores the tensions between the more dominant Labour Party’s focus on nationalisation and the smaller Co-operative Party’s efforts to promote social ownership. It argues that internal struggles within the co-operative movement over its political identity and structural limitations on the Co-operative Party limited its ability to offer an alternative vision to Labour’s statist model, while the complex relationship between the two parties further inhibited the Co-operative Party’s potential to mainstream co-operative methods in Labour policies and in politics more generally.

Keywords:   Co-operative movement (UK), History, Politics, Co-operative Party, Labour Party, 1930s, Nationalisation, Social ownership, Britain Reborn

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