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

The Corbyn Effect

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. 

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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, The Great Moving Left Show

 

Understanding 08 June 2017

Jeremy Gilbert, The Absolute Corbyn

Andrew Gamble, The Resistible Rise of Theresa May

Jessica Garland, Labour’s New Model Party

Gerry Hassan, The Coming of Caledonian Corbynism

 

The Framing of Corbynism

Des Freedman, Corbyn Framed and Unframed

Hilary Wainwright, Mind the Labour Gap

Eliane Glaser, The Authenticity of Hope

Monique Charles, Generation Grime

                       

The Limits of Corbynism

Sue Goss, A Progressive Majority

Phil Burton-Cartledge, Class Politics and the Revenge of the Future

Maya Goodfellow, No More Racing to the Bottom

Marina Prentoulis, Lessons from Syriza

 

The Potential of Corbynism

Jo Littler, More for the Many, Less for the Few

James Doran, An Antidote to Pasokification

Jack Kellam, The Perils of Being Popular

Paula Surridge, Marginal Gains

 

Preparing for Power

Labour’s Battleground Seats: A Smart Campaign Guide

Corbyn’s Effects, Further Reading and Other Resources of Hope

‘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

‘The Corbyn phenomenon is the biggest turnaround for the Left in Europe in decades - nothing short of a post-Blairite resurrection. Understanding it, learning from it, completing it and repeating it is vital. The Corbyn Effect rises to the challenge.’

- Jon Lansman, Chair, Momentum  

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘Social democracy worldwide colluded with the right by cheering on the ideology of financial globalisation and austerity.  This deeply embedded consensus blinded the British (and American) establishments to the root cause of social democracy’s collapse. The Corbyn Effect works to explain the cultural, political and economic changes that led to the demise of Blairism, and to Corbyn’s rise as leader of the Labour Party. It is a careful record of a tumultuous period, and a must-read.’ 

- Ann Pettifor, author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis (2006) & The Production of Money (2017). Director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics

‘There are some excellent contributions here. Jeremy Gilbert examines how alternative ideas to the neoliberal consensus were marginalised for so many decades. Des Freedman quantifies the scale of the media hostility against Corbyn …  Andrew Gamble looks at the staggering collapse of the May project in a few short weeks in the spring of 2017, despite having just won a by-election in a seat held by Labour since the 1930s and trounced Labour in local council elections. In an important piece, Eliane Glaser distinguishes between populism - a negative bashing of elites aimed at disrupting the political system, and a popular left politics … But the stand-out chapter for me is Maya Goodfellow’s essay on immigration, debunking the pseudo-sociology of the so-called ‘white working class’, “a mythical block of people who are all assumed to hold the same views.”’

- Mike Phipps, Labour Briefing