New Labour and the theory of globalization

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Rustin, M. 2008. New Labour and the theory of globalization. Critical Social Policy. 28 (3), pp. 273-282.
AuthorsRustin, M.
Abstract

This article argues that the theoretical basis of the New Labour project was sociological in its framing, drawing in particular on the ideas of Anthony Giddens. The theory of globalization, individualization and risk advanced by him and others became the rationale for New Labour’s rejection of ‘traditional’ socialist and welfare ideologies, holding the collectivist, materialist and class-based politics that these had upheld to be now obsolete. However, it is argued that Marxist analytic perspectives
retain their relevance in understanding the dynamics of what is more clearly understood as global capitalism than in the more diffuse language of globalization. The concept of systemic contradiction developed by sociologists such as David Lockwood in the 1980s retains its relevance as an analytical resource in contemporary capitalist society.

KeywordsAnthony Giddens; globalization; Marx; New Labour; systemic conflict; class-based politics
JournalCritical Social Policy
Journal citation28 (3), pp. 273-282
ISSN0261-0183
Year2008
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0261018308091269
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PrintAug 2008
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Deposited07 Oct 2009
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Rustin, M. (2008) ‘New Labour and the theory of globalization’, Critical Social Policy, 28 (3) 273-282.

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