The Party has a Life of its Own: Labour’s Doctrine and Ethos

Summer 2017

To understand the sources of division within the Labour party, we need to understand the importance of ‘ethos’ as well as of doctrine, ideology, or policy. In fact, the party is more divided by ethos than it is by doctrine. Many on both ‘left’ and ‘right’ of the party want doctrinal renewal. Such renewal, focused on ideas like community organising, offers many potential ways to bridge these divides in ‘ethos’.

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Renewal: a journal of social democracy, Volume 25 No 2