No New Vision: the Gradual Death of British Social Democracy?
Article first published online: 24 NOV 2009
© The Author 2009. Journal compilation © The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd. 2009
The Political Quarterly
Volume 80, Issue 4, pages 526–532, December 2009
How to Cite
BEECH, M. (2009), No New Vision: the Gradual Death of British Social Democracy?. The Political Quarterly, 80: 526–532. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2009.02049.x
- Issue published online: 24 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 24 NOV 2009
- social democracy;
- New Labour;
- Labour Party;
- Gordon Brown
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.