New Labour, 2nd Edition
August 2006, Polity
In this second edition of the widely praised New Labour: Politics after Thatcherism, Stephen Driver and Luke Martell explore the origins of New Labour and examine in detail the Labour government's record in power. They argue that this record bears the imprint of the reforms to the British state and society made under successive Conservative administrations. At the same time, New Labour has taken British politics and public policy in directions that reflect the party's progressive, liberal and social democratic past. New Labour is post-Thatcherite.
The completely revised second edition of New Labour contains:
- An accessible and comprehensive account of New Labour
- Up-to-date policy chapters on economic, social and constitutional affairs
- A new chapter on European and foreign policies
- An original and critical interpretation of New Labour and the future of social democratic politics in Britain, Europe and other parts of the world
The second edition of New Labour will be an invaluable resource for students of politics, sociology and other social sciences, those involved in public policy and public affairs and anyone looking for an accessible guide to New Labour and the Blair government.
Chapter 1 The Making of New Labour
Chapter 2 New Labour and Social Democracy
Chapter 3 Labour and the Economy
Chapter 4 Labour and the Welfare State
Chapter 5 Public Service Reform
Chapter 6 Government and the Constitution
Chapter 7 European and Foreign Policy
Chapter 8 Post-Thatcherism
Luke Martell is Reader in Sociology at the University of Sussex.
- Fully revised and expanded second edition of this
well-respected, successful textbook
- Provides a critical analysis of New Labour ideology and
- Offers a comprehensive audit of eight years of Labour in
- Includes new chapters on New Labour and British social democracy; public service reform; European and foreign policy
"A well-written, detailed and informative read."
"In the last twelve years New Labour has reshaped British
politics. Stephen Driver and Luke Martell are essential reading on
this political transformation and have pioneered an influential
interpretation of its significance. In this updated version of
their key text they provide a balanced, authoritative and above all
readable account of the origins of the New Labour project and its
record in office."
Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield
"Yet again, Stephen Driver and Luke Martell have provided an
important contribution to ongoing debates about character of the
Blair administration. As well as covering New Labour's domestic
agenda, this volume is significant in addressing the international
and European dimensions that have become so central in recent
years. Packed with information and drawing on a wide range of
sources, New Labour is set to become an essential text for
our understanding of British politics."
Mark Wickham-Jones, University of Bristol