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It s the end And the sky is falling So we needmoney to doof the same And do employ us as experts because we have wrotebooks about it. The debate surrounding whether Labour is, or ever has been, a socialist party is one that has preoccupied academics since the start of the twentieth century, and it is one that, with Jeremy Corbyn now the party s leader, has been reignited since the conclusion of the controversial, but highly successful, New Labour era The End of Parliamentary Socialism From New Left to New Labour, published in the immediate aftermath of Tony Blair s first election victory in 1997, is arguably one of the most The debate surrounding whether Labour is, or ever has been, a socialist party is one that has preoccupied academics since the start of the twentieth century, and it is one that, with Jeremy Corbyn now the party s leader, has been reignited since the conclusion of the controversial, but highly successful, New Labour era The End of Parliamentary Socialism From New Left to New Labour, published in the immediate aftermath of Tony Blair s first election victory in 1997, is arguably one of the most important, and clearest, additions to that debate, one that acts as a brilliant companion piece to the equally influential Parliamentary Socialism A Study in the Politics of Labour by Ralph Miliband.Leo Panitch, the book s main author, and Colin Leys examine and clearly explain the transformation of the Labour Party away from the social democracy of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan and towards an eventual embrace of third way capitalism under Blair Their main argument is that, since its inception, the party has been restricted by the narrow parliamentarianism of the Parliamentary Labour Party leadership, resulting in the eventual defeat of the New Left in the wake of the defeat at the 1983 general election and the modernisation and moderation of the party under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and, above all else, Blair Panitch and Leys also argue that the increasing centralisation of powers in the party has helped achieve its rightward drift, resulting in socialist ideals falling by the wayside, even when they were supported by a majority on the National Executive Committee as was the case under both Wilson and Callaghan in the 1970s.The efforts, and eventual failures, of the New Left receive an excellent amount of deep analysis, with Tony Benn s ideas understandably constituting a large amount of the authors study As Panitch and Leys argue, the New Left, led by Benn, constantly challenged the Labour leadership and argued for a socialist alternative to the increasingly right wing outlook of the PLP, but they were continuously dismissed and ignored, resulting in their eventual failure to guide the party away from the neo liberal agenda that would form the cornerstone of New Labour policy Really good book covering the transformation of the Labour Party from labourism to a remaking of the party under Clintonite lines Combines Panitch s critique of social democracy and parliamentarism from the left with Leyspolicy wonky analysis of think tanks David Coates hand in the conclusion was a nice addition. .EBOOK ♅ The End of Parliamentary Socialism: From Benn to Blair ⚇ This trenchant account of the last twenty five years of the British Labour Party argues that Tony Blair s modernizing tendency was profoundly mistaken in asserting that the only alternative to traditional social democracy and narrow parliamentarianism was an acceptance of neo liberalism In blaming the Labour left, rather than the social democratic right for the party s years in the electoral wilderness, the modernizers rejected the creativity and energy which the party s New Left had mobilized, and without which their own professed aim of democratic renewal was unlikely to be realized