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The Republican transformation of modern British politics /
Geoffrey Foote.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
description
vii, 228 p.
ISBN
0333734963 (cloth)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
isbn
0333734963 (cloth)
catalogue key
5649903
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Geoffrey Foote is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Teesside, UK.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-10-01:
The argument in this short book by a British historian is that a major change in British political thinking occurred after 1956 with the reemergence in that thinking of what Foote (Univ. of Teeside, UK) calls "the republican tradition." This resulted from unhappiness over the inadequacy in practice of the post-WW II consensus based on state planning, public provision of welfare, forms of state ownership, and government control of large sectors of industry and services. This consensus declined as economic problems increased and older, republican ideas influenced all parties. The New Left, influenced by Edward Thompson and Raymond Williams, adhered to ideas of active citizenship, community participation, and direct self-government, though it retained the idea of a directed economy. The political center, the Liberals, stressed ideas of industrial democracy. The Right, influenced by Michael Oakeshott and Enoch Powell, emphasized the role of the entrepreneur and the need for a democracy based on independent small property owners. In a tame conclusion, Foote argues that the British republican conception at present is that of a decentralized country based on industrial democracy and a freehold citizenry, opposed to a centralized corporate state. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. M. Curtis emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
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An original study of a major change in the political thought of modern Britain, this book argues that between 1956 & 1968 there was a seminal change that created the framework of contemporary politics in the UK.
Description for Bookstore
This book provides an original interpretation of contemporary British political history, pointing to the changes in ideas in 1956-68 as the foundations of politics today.
Long Description
An original study of a major change in the political thought of modern Britain, arguing that the period between 1956 and 1968 saw a seminal change in political thinking which created the framework of today's politics. A republican tradition of active citizenship, community and democracy was developed within the New Left and the radical Liberals around Jo Grimond. The Right, whose republican version of a property-owners democracy was developed by Michael Oakeshott and Enoch Powell, completed the new political framework.
Main Description
An original study of a major change in the political thought of modern Britain, arguing that the period between 1956 and 1968 saw a seminal change in political thinking which created the framework of today's politics. A republican tradition of active citizenship, community and democracy was developed within the New Left and the radical Liberals around Jo Grimond. The Right, whose republican version of a property-owners democracy was developed by Michael Oakeshott and Enoch Powell, completedthe new political framework.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: The Republican Ideap. 1
Republican Socialismp. 13
Socialist Humanism and Republican Theoryp. 15
The Transposition of Republican Thoughtp. 43
The Radical Republicansp. 63
The Republican Marketp. 87
Jo Grimond and the Unservile Statep. 89
A Republicanism of the Rightp. 114
The Importance of Enochp. 139
The Republic of the Suburbsp. 162
Notes and Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 219
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