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The Battle of Ideas in the Labour PartyFrom Attlee to Corbyn and Brexit$
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Dimitri Batrouni

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529205060

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529205060.001.0001

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The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party, 1945–92

The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party, 1945–92

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The Battle of Ideas in the Labour Party

Dimitri Batrouni

Policy Press

The first chapter is a broad sweep of the historical battle of ideas in the party starting from the Attlee government and finishing on Neil Kinnock’s terms as leader. For the Attlee period, there is a focus on the liberal ideas that guided that government and the beginnings of the left. It tracks the left’s thinking into the 50s with Bevanism and the riposte to it that came Tony Crosland and revisionism. It analyses the rise of the left in the early 70s and its dominance until the early 80s. It finishes on the leadership of Neil Kinnock over both his terms as leader, which are often seen as the reassertion of the right over the left.

Keywords:   Bevanism, Revisionism, Crosland, Kinnock, Alternative Economic Strategy, Attlee

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