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    Many Labour MPs have still to unequivocally reject ‘roll-out’ neoliberalism

Many Labour MPs have still to unequivocally reject ‘roll-out’ neoliberalism

Chuka Umunna recently defended the last Labour government against a left-wing critique that its modus operandi was fundamentally neoliberal. Ewan Gibbs and Sean Kippin argue this does not consider the nature of neoliberalism, particularly the distinction between its ‘roll-back’ and ‘roll-out’ variants. They argue that New Labour’s approach was indeed of the latter type.

Chuka Umunna, one of the more […]

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    How a prime minister’s leadership style affects their parliament’s role in security decisions

How a prime minister’s leadership style affects their parliament’s role in security decisions

Parliaments sometimes get to influence security policy, but not always. Juliet Kaarbo draws on Leadership Trait Analysis to argue that prime ministerial leadership style is a critical factor in determining the role of parliaments in foreign affairs. She demonstrates the plausibility of this argument by comparing how Turkish and UK prime ministers’ orientations towards parliament influenced key security policies.

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    Book Review: Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume 6: From Blair to Brown, 2005-2007

Book Review: Alastair Campbell Diaries, Volume 6: From Blair to Brown, 2005-2007

In the sixth volume of his published diaries, From Blair to Brown, 2005-2007, Alastair Campbell outlines the difficult transition in the Labour party leadership after the party won its historic third term while also documenting his own attempt to build a life outside of government through forays into public speaking, television and the sporting world. While Campbell’s insights into this […]

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    New Labour’s ‘greatest’ legacy? Why the Left can’t square the circle on immigration

New Labour’s ‘greatest’ legacy? Why the Left can’t square the circle on immigration

Brexit has made a coherent position on immigration urgent for Britain’s political parties, but Labour’s inability to reach one is not new. Erica Consterdine explains how Tony Blair’s belief in the benefits of globalisation turned Britain into a ‘migration state’. This decision, however, was costly for the party, which is now having a hard time satisfying its electoral base, which […]

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    ‘Doing God’ according to David Cameron: evangelism and Christian Britain

‘Doing God’ according to David Cameron: evangelism and Christian Britain

Unlike other British Prime Ministers, David Cameron often invoked his personal faith in public, and more than once called Britain a ‘Christian country’. Chris Allen examines why Cameron and the Conservatives’ discourses about ‘doing God’ were not as straightforward as they may at first have seemed.

Since Alistair Campbell notoriously told Tony Blair during an interview with Vanity Fair in […]

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    Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

Masterly inactivity or a new dawn?: Labour and the regulation of private renting

If there is one thing that Labour and the Conservatives currently have in common is that both appear ready to embark on a step change in housing policy. But are Jeremy Corbyn’s recent announcements on rent controls a sign of change, or just another new political language for ‘masterly inactivity’? Ben Pattison reviews Labour’s record on private renting regulation.

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    Why John Major’s premiership deserves more credit than it is usually given

Why John Major’s premiership deserves more credit than it is usually given

John Major has been a successful former Prime Minister, still making impactful interventions over issues such as the Scottish independence referendum and Brexit. This is unlike other former prime ministers. Drawing on their latest book, Kevin Hickson and Ben Williams explain why we need to reconsider his premiership.

John Major was Prime Minister for six and a half years, one […]

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    Law and order in the ’90s: why Blair and Schröder implemented very different policies

Law and order in the ’90s: why Blair and Schröder implemented very different policies

Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder were both elected in the late 1990s. But whereas Blair’s government toughened law and order policies in the UK, the German Social Democrats did not follow suit. Georg Wenzelburger writes that the ministers involved, as well as the balance of power within each government go some way in explaining why.

It may seem unthinkable today, […]