January 2003, Polity
Blair's Britain explores the central policy dilemmas faced by the Labour Party in government in its second term and beyond: the balance between social justice and economic efficiency; strong government and pluralist politics; and work and home life. The authors explore how social democrats and progressive politicians across Europe in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean, as well as the United States, have responded to the challenges of globalization and social change – and examine the comparative politics of social democracy across Europe and the rest of the world today.
This book is the most comprehensive survey of New Labour yet to appear, and will be read by students of politics and sociology as well as being accessible to the general reader.
Part I After Thatcherism.
2 Labour in Power 1997-2001.
Part II Rethinking Social Democracy.
3 New Labour's third way.
4 The third way beyond Britain.
5 New Labour, third ways and globalisation.
Part Three New Labour, New Britiain.
6 Blair and Britishness.
7 The New United Kingdom: Reshaping the constitutution.
8 Ending Welfare as we know it??.
9 New Labour, work and the family.
Conclusion: After Thatcherism: Blairism.
Luke Martell is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Sussex.
Challenges the view that New Labour has thrown in the towel to Thatcherite neo-liberalism.
But also casts doubt on some of the social democratic claims of Labour modernizers because Blair's Britain continues to bear the imprint of 18 years of radical Conservative government.
Considers the central policy dilemmas faced by the Labour Party in government in its second term and beyond: the balance between social justice and economic efficiency; strong government and pluralist politics; and work and home life.
Examines the comparative politics of social democracy across Europe and the rest of the world today, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean as well as the United States.
"Wide-ranging and deeply probing, Blair’s Britain is an indispensable guide to post-Thatcherite politics. Driver and Martell provide a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the forces that have shaped the Blairite attempt to rethink social democracy. The result is a book that should be read not only by students of British government but by historians, political theorists and anyone interested in the future of politics." Professor John Gray, Department of Government, London School of Economics
"...this is a timely, inquisitive and informative assesment of British politics and policy post Thatcher. It is an easy to read, up to date resource for scholars and students alike. Not only British politics watchers, but those who are interested in wider debates regarding the theories and practices of social democracy, as well as new public policy challenges should be sure to read 'Blairs Britain'."Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Canadian Journal of Political Science