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Rebuilding social-democracy in twenty-first century Britain

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Abstract:

At present, the economic policy of the government and its opposition differ only slightly. There is little on offer in the way of alternatives to business as usual. The article suggests four pillars on which a social-democratic alternative could be established: on public goods and redistribution; for a high-wage post-industrial economy; for environmental sustainability; and for constitutional reform. This list is not exhaustive, nor is a hierarchy of priorities implied or intended. What is intended is a point of departure for a debate that is sorely needed within the broad centre-left.

Keywords: CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM; HIGH-WAGE ECONOMY; INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY; PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION; REDISTRIBUTION; SOCIAL DEMOCRACY; SUSTAINABILITY; THE PUBLIC GOOD

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266210792307087

Publication date: August 11, 2010

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