The logic of no alternative?: Political scientists, historians and the politics of Labour's past

Bale, Tim (1999) The logic of no alternative?: Political scientists, historians and the politics of Labour's past. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 1 (2). pp. 192-204. ISSN 1369-1481

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Abstract

This paper critiques the largely incommensurate approaches taken both by historians and political scientists to the governmental past of the British Labour Party. It argues that revisionist historians, in flight from the traditional left critique of parliamentary socialism, are in danger of damaging their capacity to produce general explanations, while political scientists (who specialise in the latter) have tended to preserve an outdated version of Labour's past that supports their greater interest in its present and future. Both approaches dovetail with the political strategy of the Party's current leadership, but do little to contribute to what could be a profitable breaking-down of the barriers between the two disciplines in this area.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
Depositing User: Tim Bale
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:24
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 13:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20426
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