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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd.; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850361354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850361353
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the seminal texts of the British New Left." --Leo Panitch, professor, political science, York University-Toronto

About the Author

Ralph Miliband was one of the key intellectual figures of the British New Left and the founder of the Socialist Register. He was a professor at the London School of Economics, Brandeis University, York University–Toronto, and the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York and was chair of politics at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Divided Societies: Class Struggle in Contemporary Capitalism, Marxism and Politics, and Socialism for a Sceptical Age. He is the coeditor of A Dictionary of Marxist Thought.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S P Mead on 23 Nov 2008
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This book is a study on the politics of the Labour Party; specifically, it examines Labour's ideas, values, practices and policies concerning the Party's brand of "socialism". Labour's "socialism" is exposed as having little or nothing to do with the transformation of capitalist society in a genuine socialist direction - rather, for Labour "socialism" means only the inclusion of representatives of the working class (alongside representatives of other classes) participating in the parliamentary process.

Yes, Labour's "socialism" is shown to encompass social reforms - but, for Labour, the purpose of socialist ideas and practices is merely to reform the existing order of things, not to bring about any sort of radical alternative. This type of reformism differs from the objectives of many other European social democratic parties founded between 1880 and 1914, which considered such reforms as a means to bring about a revolutionary transition. This form of European social democracy was distinct from both (1) the revisionist politics of Labour, and (2) the insurrectionary strategies of the Bolsheviks.

Miliband provides an excellent discussion on the historical development of Labour - from its formation in the late 19th century, based on certain reformist and revisionist ideals and ethics, through to its advance as a leading political party in Britain by the mid 20th century. This discussion is comprehensive, well referenced, and will still serve as a useful tool for students of the history of early to mid 20th century British politics and the labour movement.

Miliband found that the purpose of narrow reform and revision, in and of itself, is inherently conservative - and he defined this brand of limited socialism as "Labourism" - distinct from proper, genuine socialism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Doherty on 16 July 2013
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Miliband makes a brilliant case for the redundancy of the Labour Party when it comes to achieving real socialist goals.
Highly recommended.
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A Study in the Politics of Labour. A very interesting read, That covers the way the Labour Party works, from the humble beginnings right up and including. Harold Wilson's government from 1964-1970. A great look at the Labour Party, a great read, that gives a better insight into the challenges that Labour had then and the ones that Labour faces now.
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Miliband on Reform vis-à-vis Revolution 30 Oct 2014
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England Marxist academic and intellectual views on the parliamentary road to socialism second edition 1973 rewritten after the student revolution in the late 1960's just failed to prove revolutionary ...

A deep tactical and strategic analysis of the opportunities and pitfalls of using the parliamentary set of rules to atry to change the world ...

In my view still the definitive work on reform vis-à-vis revolution by a Marxist academic non judgmental on the reform versus revolution method instead very judgmental on the effectiveness of various tactics and strategies in achieving lasting social change!

Despite the 1973 second edition printing date I've seen no work on the reform versus revolution question published since as clear and deep and applicable to the internal debate in your organization of what to do and why with a view to your efforts and money achieving something rather than nothing!
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