Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics
This collections of essays outlines some key Blue Labour policy approaches. This 2nd edition includes new material: a post-2015 election analysis by Adrian Pabst and a postscript by Maurice Glasman on Labour after the 2015 leadership contest.
From the back of the book:
Following Labour’s defeat at the polls in 2015, and at time when the Party is attempting to redefine its meaning, values and even identity, there is an urgent need for fresh thinking. Most people agree that a new start is needed. But in which direction should Labour turn? A crucial conversation is beginning, and it is in this fluid and volatile context that Blue Labour ideas could make a crucial difference. Seeking to move beyond the centrist pragmatism of both Blair and Cameron, and attempting to inject into politics a newfound passion and significance with which people can truly engage, this essential work speaks to the needs of diverse people and communities across the country. Critiquing the dominance in Britain of a social-cultural liberalism linked to the left and a free-market liberalism associated with the right, Blue Labour blends a ‘progressive’ commitment to greater economic equality with a more ‘conservative’ disposition emphasising personal loyalty, family, community and locality. It is the manifesto of a vital new force in politics: one that could define the thinking of the next generation and beyond.
The Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox
If you want to find out more about Blue Labour ideas The Labour Tradition and the Politics of Paradox is a good place to start. It is a collection of essays from leading Blue Labour thinkers, including Maurice Glasman and Marc Stears.
Published in May 2011 after a series of seminars in London and Oxford, the text contains a foreword from Labour leader Ed Miliband, and was supported by Labour’s key pressure groups The Fabian Society, Progress, Compass and the Christian Socialist Movement.