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One of the most surprising things about the success of the Leave campaign is that so many are surprised by it. Could we really have expected any other result – after forty years of misrepresentation of the EU by politicians and media alike, and in the midst of a calculated intensification of hostility towards immigrants?
Jonathon Ashworth, Josh Simons
Economic trust is key to election victories in Britain. But what does it mean, and how can Labour win it back?
Opening up leader selection to non-member supporters is a growing trend among political parties. Qualitative research on Labour’s new grassroots suggests that efforts to convert a larger selectorate into an organised activist base need to appreciate the full range of motivations for partisan commitment.
Lewis Minkin’s research into New Labour’s party management offers indispensable lessons for those concerned with the party’s current managerial problems, showing the limits to the ‘Blair supremacy’ and its long-term effects in alienating some party members.
For six years the Conservatives have been waging a covert war against institutions and organisations capable of holding the government to account, masked by rhetoric lauding their efforts to restrain lobbyists. In the process, they are undermining the very basis for social democratic politics.
Marjorie Kelly, Sarah McKinley, Violeta Duncan
Across the United States a growing number of communities are experimenting with innovative ways to create a more equal, democratic, and community based economy from the ground up.
Martin O'Neill, Matthew Brown
Martin O’Neill speaks to Councillor Matthew Brown about Community Wealth-Building and Alternative Economic Strategies in Preston.
James Stafford, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite
Labour, and the left, are in a mess, and there are no easy answers. Recognising this is a precondition for the renewal we need.
In his new book, A Better Politics, Danny Dorling asks what policies emerge when we take happiness as the priority for politics and economics.
Noisiness in political debate can be a virtue and a vice. Jeremy Corbyn’s incredible victory in the Labour leadership contest is testament to this: from one point of view he has shown the sheer mobilising power of a clear, polemical ideological vision, even when articulated in an unassuming, modest style. [...]
The movement for workers’ control in the 1970s was among the most promising of the many roads not taken in the forgotten history of the left.
Anyone serious about fostering freedom, equality and social justice should support co-operatives.
Review Essay - Undoing the Demos: Neo-Liberalism’s Stealth Revolution, Wendy Brown, ZONE BOOKS, 2015
Close analysis of the nominations for Labour’s leader and deputy reveals a parliamentary party fracturing along sharper ideological lines than were evident in 2010.
Ivor Crewe, Jon Cruddas, Marc Stears, Gregg McClymont, Emily Robinson
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.