New Labour, Old Labour: The Wilson and Callaghan Governments, 1974-79

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Anthony Seldon, Kevin Hickson
Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 350 pages
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We are constantly told that New Labour forms an historic departure from the traditions of the Labour Party. This book, written by a distinguished selection of academics and commentators, provides the most detailed comparison yet of old and new Labour in power. It is also the first to offer a comprehensive analysis of the last Labour Government before the rise of Thatcher and the re-emergence of the Labour Party under Tony Blair's leadership. It reveals much about the history of the Labour Party as well as providing a much-needed context from which to judge the current government.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
socialism in a cold climate
18
RAYMOND PLANT
34
Economic policy
55
The Rise and Fall of the Social Contract
70
Social policy and inequality
105
Education policy
123
Europe
139
Parliament
190
Central and local government
207
Devolution
223
Northern Ireland
240
The Labour Party
260
The 19749 Governments and New Labour
285
The industrial strategy
296
The worst of governments
316

Foreign and defence policy
154
Prime Ministers and Cabinet
173

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Anthony Seldon is one of Britain's foremost political experts. He is Tony Blair's authorised biographer and his previous books include; The Powers Behind the Prime Minister (2001), The Blair Effect (2001), The Foreign Office (2000), Britain Under Thatcher (1999), Major (1998) and The Heath Government (1996).

Kevin Hickson is Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Liverpool. He is co-editor of the forthcoming The Struggle for Labour's Soul: Understanding the Political Thought of the Labour Party (2004).

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