Beyond equality and liberty: New Labour's liberal conservatism

Martell, Luke and Driver, Stephen (1996) Beyond equality and liberty: New Labour's liberal conservatism. Renewal, 4 (3).

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Abstract

Post-Thatcherism is Tony Blair's way of saying: No Turning Back. But where is New Labour heading? Party modernisers have committed Labour to a politics which combines the free market and the strong community. The search for a dynamic market economy has pushed old ideas of equality to one side. Fears about social fragmentation have given rise to new ideas of community. But these pose awkward questions for New Labour's commitment to individual liberty. In this paper we shall suggest that the free market and the strong community in New Labour politics amounts to a radical shift to liberal conservatism.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Luke Martell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:14
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 12:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24854

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