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‘To enact a radical programme, Labour needs to be in office – but to get there, it needs to energise members, supporters and voters on an unprecedented scale. Corbynism from Below helps us understand how that energy might be created.’ - Paul Mason

In Corbynism from Below, thinkers, writers and activists chart the terrain of a radical Labour politics that has risen as much from below, as been led from the top.


Jeremy Corbyn is the epitome of the anti-leader: he would, by impulse, shy away from the very idea of ‘Corbynism’. Yet when a general election is called, Corbyn’s Labour promises to force a break with the current consensus every bit as historic as those of Attlee in 1945 and Thatcher in 1979. Corbyn is a phenomenon that has been purposely misrepresented and wilfully misunderstood, with supporters derided as ‘Corbynistas’, fans and cultists.

This book of specially commissioned essays explores the true nature of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership; expectations of how Labour might fulfil its promise of a new kind of politics; and the limits to what Labour can achieve; as well as offering tools for transforming the party from the bottom up. 

Building on the work of Mark Perryman’s previous book The Corbyn Effect, this new collection is vital reading for all those interested in left politics and the future of the Labour Party. It presents a comprehensive account of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party: where it came from, how it has begun a process of radical change, and the party it promises to become.

Keynote Essay
Mark Perryman: A Party Turned Upside Down

Top to Bottom
Lorna Finlayson: Corbyn in Context
Andrew Gamble: Authoritarian Populism versus a Plural Left
Phil Burton-Cartledge: A Tale of Two Crises
Jeremy Gilbert: Acid Corbynism for Beginners

Building Blocs from Below
Jess Garland: Members Not Only
Adam Klug and Emma Rees: How Big Organizing Works
Heather Wakefield: A Workplace to Win
Anne Coddington: The New Left Mediascape

Morbid Symptoms
Neal Lawson: Labouring Under Illusions
Lindsey German: An Extra-Parliamentary Affair
Satnam Virdee: Class, Racism and the Politics of Vacuum
Gerry Hassan: Farewell to the Labour Nation

History in the Remaking
James Meadway: Out of the Ruins
Paul Hilder: The Revolution Will be Networked
Paula Surridge: In Search of the Value-Added Voter
Hilary Wainwright: An Inside-Out Politics

‘To enact a radical programme, Labour needs to be in office – but to get there, it needs to energise members, supporters and voters on an unprecedented scale.Corbynism from Below helps us understand how that energy might be created.’

- Paul Mason

‘Corbynism promised the end of a top-down Labour Party and the start of a mass movement to change society for good. This is no easy task. Corbynism from Below describes the detours and difficulties along the way, without losing sight of the movement’s prospects and possibilities.’

- Laura Parker, National Organiser, Momentum

‘It is the grit, tenacity and creativity of activists, both inside and outside the Labour Party, which has kept the Corbyn project alive … The success of Corbynism will depend on the mobilisation of these activists, and this book accounts for how we have achieved so much so far, without forgetting all that remains still to be done.’

- Holly Rigby, founder ‘Abolish Eton’, grassroots Labour campaign against private schools

‘The last few years have seen a plethora of ideas bubbling up from the grassroots movement that underpinned Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic rise to be leader of the Labour Party. It fills me with hope that this ecosystem of thinkers on the left just keeps growing and growing – and these essays are a hugely important contribution to that.’

- Sam Tarry, Campaign Director, Jeremy Corbyn 2016 leadership campaign