Reinventing the Left
October 1994, Polity
Introduction: David Miliband.
Part I: The Context: Understanding the Present.
Part II: Citizenship, Equality and Democracy.
Part III: Social Solidarity and Economic Prosperity.
Part IV: Politics Beyond Labour.
Part V: Instruments of Change.
Part VI: Afterword.
* The authors offer a radical reappraisal of the future of Left political theory and policy in the context of the fundamental changes that society has undergone over the last two or more decades. Many new ideas and concepts are set out.
* The unique importance of this book has to be understood against the failures of Conservative rule; the clear limitations of New Right thinking, the political vacuum that pervades British politics today and the general failure to embrace - often for very good reasons - Left alternatives. The book offers both original analyses and timely new prescriptions.
* This volume was organized by the IPPR in London, and will receive extensive media coverage.
'The collection of essays ... gives a penetrating analysis of the future of the left-of-centre politics ... The essays give modern relevance to old values.' The Hindu
'These essays represent a very important attempt to engage in a new discussion about the future and meaning of the left.' Renewal
'This book's contributors have rediscovered the left from some of its earlier roots and redefined it in today's terms. Moreover, with a spirit of optimism, they have discussed many of the more important aims and principles from which the policies of the next British government may be forged.' Political Studies
'A penetrating analysis of the future of the left-of-centre politics and its viability at a time when communism is dead and gone, social democracy appears to fragile to transform history, and the Enlightenment confidence about the future being full of universal peace has collapsed. Superseding the traditional definitions of the Left, the essays give modern relevance to old values.' The Literary Review