Labour’s Economic Ideology Since 1900

Developed Through Crises

By Christopher Kirkland

Published

Sep 20, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529204315

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 20, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529204247

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 20, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529204322

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Labour’s Economic Ideology Since 1900

This book traces the economic ideology of the UK Labour Party from its origins to the current day. Through its analysis, the book emphasises key crises, including the 1926 general strike, the 1931 Great Depression, the 1979 Winter of Discontent and the 2007 economic crisis.

In analysing this history, the ideology of the Labour Party is examined through four core themes:

• the party’s definition of socialism;

• the role of the state in economic decision making;

• the party’s understanding of inequalities;

• its relationship with external groups, such as the Fabian Society and the trade union movement.

The result is a systematic exploration of the drivers and key ideas behind the Labour Party’s economic ideology. In demonstrating how crises have affected the party’s economic policy, the book presents a historical analysis of the party’s evolution since its formation and offers insights into how future changes may occur.

“This book offers a thorough and wide-ranging introduction to the development of Labour’s economic ideas throughout the entirety of the party’s history.” Richard Johnson, Queen Mary University of London

“Provides a penetrating analysis of Labour's changing economic ideas over the last century. Readable and incisive, Labour’s Economic Ideology Since 1900 charts the evolving influence of 'socialism' on the party's economic policy and programme. It is a 'must read' for all those with an interest in the past and future of British politics and the Left.” Patrick Diamond, Queen Mary University of London

“Offers a useful introduction to Labour’s ideas, especially on matters of economic policy, providing a succinct synthesis of the existing research by a wide range of scholars of the party.” Eric Shaw, University of Stirling

Christopher Kirkland is Lecturer in Politics at York St. John University.

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Labour Party’s Economic Policy and Crises

Chapter 2: Taff Vale and the First World War

Chapter 3: Governing in Hard Times: The Second Labour Government and Need for a Coherent Economic Policy

Chapter 4: The Second World War, Reconstruction and Revisionism

Chapter 5: Testing the Labour–Unions Relationship

Chapter 6: The Advent of New Labour

Chapter 7: New Labour and the Global Financial Crisis

Chapter 8: Electoral Revision

Chapter 9: Conclusion