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Ivor Crewe, Jon Cruddas, Marc Stears, Gregg McClymont, Emily Robinson

Autumn 2015

Taking the full measure of the 2015 British general election result, and its implications for the politics of the left, will be a lengthy and difficult process. Renewal presents here some initial reflections on the campaign, the result, Ed Miliband’s leadership, and Labour’s future direction.

The egalitarian achievements of twentieth-century social democracy have withered in the face of the neo-liberal onslaught. They must be argued for again and again.

This article looks at the ways in which structures of racism underpin the workings of neoliberal culture and society, both within the UK and internationally.

Platform, a group which campaigns on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the global oil industry, here analyses how deeply embedded the industry is within the structures of neoliberalism, especially the City, where BP and Shell between them make up 20 per cent of the value of the FTSE 100.

For most of us the election result was a shock, but in some ways it didn’t substantially change the nature of the tasks we face. We still need to find new ways of battling against an environmentally destructive and aggressively unequal capitalism - and the common sense that sustains it.

The Anarchist Critic first appeared in the Vancouver anarchist journal Open Road in 1982. Robert Graham, who was a member of the collective, recalls Woodcock subscribed to Open Road though he never joined its social circle.

'Art is antithetical to violence' – so claimed George Woodcock (1912-1995) in his opening editorial for the first edition of the literary journal Now, which he edited from late March 1940 to fall 1947.

Women Workers & The Trade Unions

In this highly-praised history of women’s battles in the workplace, Sarah Boston explores how women workers have often had to challenge their male co-workers and union organisers, as well as managers.

Gramsci's Political Thought

This book provides an account of Gramsci’s work which makes his writing accessible and comprehensible for the contemporary reader, and offers a guide to terms such as 'hegemony' and 'common sense'.

Resist! Against a precarious future

This is the third book in the Radical Future series, written by a collective of young activists and campaigners looking for ways to challenge the dominant political order. This book is available to buy as a print book and free as a pdf.

This online book is a continuation of Lawrence Grossberg’s analysis of the changing popular and political cultures – and the increasingly conservative and intensely capitalist vectors of change – of the United States during the last fifty years.


David Featherstone, Deborah Grayson, Ben Little

Spring 2014

If the election on 7 May allows David Cameron to continue as prime minister it will be a disaster for the UK, but especially for the poorest and most vulnerable in society. Moreover it will sink any medium-term prospect of transition to a just and sustainable economy.

This article analyses the May 2015 UK general election from the perspective of conjunctural analysis – which seeks to understand how the deep structural movements in economy, society and culture are articulated together to shape any given political settlement.

Neither main party has a path to a stable parliamentary majority.


Bridgit Phillipson MP, Paul Gilfillan

Spring / Summer 2015

North East Combined Authority’s resolution in favour of re-regulation of local bus services offers a better deal for passengers and taxpayers. The consequences could have significant implications for the future of public services.

Since her election as MP for Wigan in 2010, Lisa Nandy has become a prominent advocate for an emerging strain of pluralist, communitarian Labour politics. James Stafford met Nandy at Westminster at the start of the year, to discuss Labour’s developing agenda and prospects for government in 2015.

Political parties are, it goes without saying, formed out of agreement between members. But to be really successful the extent and intensity of that agreement has to be just right. Too much and a party will have limited appeal; it will be cult-like, brittle and prone to splitting. Too little and a party will attract self-promoting people and pet causes, making things fractious and difficult to manage.

This forty-seventh issue of Socialist History is the first with our new publisher, Lawrence and Wishart. An occasion like this is a good opportunity to look back at the history of this journal’s parent organisation, the Socialist History Society, and of its more famous predecessor, the Communist Party Historians’ (later: History) Group (CPHG).

This issue of Twentieth Century Communism marks a change from earlier ones: it is the first not to be based around specific themes. Instead, the journal’s pages were opened to a diversity of topics and approaches to the history of communism throughout the ‘short’ twentieth century.

This article discusses the way in which Chilean communists addressed sexuality and family life during the Popular Unity Government (1970-1973). Focusing on communist youth, the article provides a close reading of the youth-oriented magazine Ramona analysing the discussions about contentious issues and discusses the underlining tensions between older and younger generations of the Communist Party.