The Corbyn Effect edited by Mark Perryman, foreword by Paul Mason

The Corbyn Effect (pre-order)

Editor(s): 
Sep 2017
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ISBN: 
9781912064687
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256
pp
£15.00

Foreword by Paul Mason

“Jeremy Corbyn has re-packaged socialism into something progressive and essential, something that isn’t archaic as we’ve been told it is for so long. Striving for justice and fairness isn’t a sign of our weakness but the sign of our great strength. That’s The Corbyn Effect for me and this book explains why.” - Maxine Peake

This is an essential post-election read for those seeking to understand the present political moment, Corbyn’s leadership and a possible future for the Labour Party. 

Pre-order The Corbyn Effect below for September 2017.

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Labour’s performance in the June 2017 General Election came as a surprise to almost everyone. Few, from the most committed supporters of Jeremy Corbyn to seasoned political commentators, expected the Labour vote share to rise so dramatically and seats to be won with such substantial swings.

The Corbyn Effect is the first serious attempt to understand this exciting new phenomenon in British politics. In specially-commissioned essays, writers, academics and activists from across political generations explore the meaning, limitations and potential of Corbynism. How has Corbyn changed the Labour Party? Is his support inside and outside the party likely to last?  What can we expect a Corbyn government to achieve?

It was previously widely accepted as fact that a left-wing Labour leader could enjoy popular support from the party membership, but not from the voting public. And it was also previously assumed that this electorate was too wedded to the appeal of an austerity-driven, low-tax economy and small state, to vote for left-wing policies. The Corbyn Effect offers a careful and original analysis of the new shifts in this system of ideas.

This is an essential post-election read for those seeking to understand the present political moment, Corbyn’s leadership and a possible future for the Labour Party. 

 

Foreword, Paul Mason

Keynote Essay

Mark Perryman         Across a crowded room

 

Understanding 08 June 2017

Andrew Gamble         The rise and fall of Mayism

Jeremy Gilbert            The roots and results of the Corbyn surge

Jessica Garland          Labour’s new model activism

Gerry Hassan             Scotland vs the rest

 

The Framing of Corbynism

Hilary Wainwright    Can Labour ever be Labour united

Des Freedman           It’s The Sun wot won’t win it

Eliane Glaser              The authenticity of hope

Monique Charles       Grime Labour

                       

The Limits of Corbynism

Sue Goss                          The Labour tribe

Marina Prentoulis           Lessons from Syriza

Jo Littler                          Meritocracy v universalism

Phil Burton-Cartledge    The Labour Party as a social movement

 

The Potential of Corbynism

Maya Goodfellow      No more racing to the bottom

Paula Surridge           Mapping  a Labour target seat strategy

James Doran              The road to, and from, PASOKIfication

Jack Kellam                The perils of being left and populist 

“Jeremy Corbyn has re-packaged socialism into something progressive and essential, something that isn’t archaic as we’ve been told it is for so long. Striving for justice and fairness isn’t a sign of our weakness but the sign of our great strength. That’s The Corbyn Effect for me and this book explains why.” - Maxine Peake

“Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour has breathed life into the fading hopes of many party members and hordes of others who stayed outside a timid, neoliberal  machine, offering little hope and even fewer dreams. Party members have again found their place in a dynamic, revitalised democratic party, which they have done so much to shape and place on the verge of power. This book tells us that story.” - Heather Wakefield, Head of Local Government, Police and Justice, UNISON

“It appears likely that Jeremy Corbyn will one day inhabit 10 Downing Street. More than a destination however, The Corbyn Effect takes that as a starting point. This is a must-read for understanding not only how we got here, but where we are going. Read it to inform yourself about a historical moment whose consequences will be felt for a lifetime.” - Aaron Bastani, co-founder Novara Media

“Far from being a ship in the night, as most political commentators and actors on the left and right dismissed him, Jeremy Corbyn is here to stay. He was a revelation in the 2017 General Election campaign and did what no Labour leader has succeeded in doing since 1979, namely undermine the dominance of neo-liberalism. Understanding Corbyn, his significance and his potential, is a key task. This book will surely make an important contribution.” - Martin Jacques, former editor Marxism Today