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No new vision: the gradual death of British social democracy?

Beech, Matt


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Dr Matt Beech
Reader in Politics and Director of the Centre for British Politics


This article argues that the Labour Party has no new vision for British social democracy. New Labour in Government is intellectually tired and lacks ideological vision. Gordon Brown's leadership is managerial and lacking robust ideological content. These problems exist in a period of severe recession and whereby the Conservatives under David Cameron are in the ascendancy. The argument in this article asserts that revisionism is required in the Labour Party. An ideological revisionism which reconnects the Party with an overt vision of social democratic politics; which reconnects the Labour leadership with activists and supporters; and which inspires the next generation of Labour voters.


Beech, M. (2009). No new vision: the gradual death of British social democracy?. The Political quarterly, 80(4), 526-532.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 24, 2009
Publication Date 2009-12
Print ISSN 0032-3179
Electronic ISSN 1467-923X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 80
Issue 4
Pages 526-532
Keywords Social democracy; New Labour; Revisionism; Labour Party; Ideology; Gordon Brown
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