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Blair's community : communitarian thought and New Labour /
Sarah Hale.
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Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, c2006.
description
[vi], 213 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0719074126 (hbk.), 9780719074127 (hbk.)
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author
imprint
Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, c2006.
isbn
0719074126 (hbk.)
9780719074127 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6059137
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-206) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Sarah Hale is Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at Birkbeck, University of London.
Summaries
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'Blair's Community' challenges the accepted wisdom about the role of communitarian thought in the development of New Labour under Tony Blair and argues that existing accounts of 'New Labour's communitarianism' fail to present an accurate picture working with a generic or composite conception of communitariansm.
Main Description
Blair#146;s community is an exciting and timely book which challenges the accepted wisdom about the role of communitarian thought in the development of New Labour under Tony Blair. From the mid-1990s there has been a widespread view that Labour policies have reflected, or even been influenced by, the work of communitarian writers like Amitai Etzioni and John Macmurray, and philosophers such as Alasdair MacIntyre and Michael Sandel. The book begins by establishing that such a view was widely, and frequently unquestioningly, held, in both popular and academic forums. It then identifies reasons for the persistence of this impression, the evidence on which it was based, and the understandings of communitarianism used by commentators. The book argues that existing accounts of #145;New Labour#146;s communitarianism#146; fail to present an accurate picture because they are - in some cases explicitly - working with a generic or composite conception of communitarianism which bears little relation to the work of the communitarian writers whose names have been associated with the party.
Main Description
Blair's Communityis an exciting and timely book which challenges the accepted wisdom about the role of communitarian thought in the development of New Labour under Tony Blair. From the mid-1990s there has been a widespread view that Labour policies have reflected, or even been influenced by, the work of communitarian writers like Amitai Etzioni and John Macmurray, and philosophers such as Alasdair MacIntyre and Michael Sandel.
Main Description
Blair's Community is an exciting and timely book which challenges the accepted wisdom about the role of communitarian thought in the development of New Labour under Tony Blair. From the mid-1990s there has been a widespread view that Labour policies have reflected, or even been influenced by, the work of communitarian writers like Amitai Etzioni and John Macmurray, and philosophers such as Alasdair MacIntyre and Michael Sandel.
Main Description
Blair's community is an exciting and timely book which challenges the accepted wisdom about the role of communitarian thought in the development of New Labour under Tony Blair. From the mid-1990s there has been a widespread view that Labour policies have reflected, or even been influenced by, the work of communitarian writers like Amitai Etzioni and John Macmurray, and philosophers such as Alasdair MacIntyre and Michael Sandel. The book begins by establishing that such a view was widely, and frequently unquestioningly, held, in both popular and academic forums. It then identifies reasons for the persistence of this impression, the evidence on which it was based, and the understandings of communitarianism used by commentators. The book argues that existing accounts of 'New Labour's communitarianism' fail to present an accurate picture because they are - in some cases explicitly - working with a generic or composite conception of communitarianism which bears little relation to the work of the communitarian writers whose names have been associated with the party.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vi
New Labour
Introductionp. 3
New Labour and communitarianism: first impressions lastp. 10
New Labour and communitarianism: where's the evidence?p. 30
Communitarianism
Communitarian philosophy and New Labourp. 51
'The wickedest idea of all is the idea of duty': John Macmurray on community, society and servicep. 74
Rights, responsibilities and morality: Amitai Etzioni versus New Labourp. 92
The mysterious absence of British communitarians from the discussion of British communitarianismp. 121
The myth of New Labour's communitarianism
Community by contract and the myth of New Labour's communitarianismp. 155
Notesp. 167
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 207
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