Labour Party Today

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Sociology Home Page |All Sociology Modules |Sociology Links |Government and Politics Home page |AS Government and Politics |A2 Government and Politics |Government and Politics Links | | Labour and Its Ideology 1945- 1979 Core Principles of Socialism: Positive attitudes to human nature; critical analysis of capitalism; class inequality and poverty, equality, justice, liberty, community, cooperation, internationalism, collectivism public ownership . Variants of Socialism: Marxism, Anarchist Socialism, Democratic Socialism, Social Democracy, New Labour? Revolutionary Socialism and Evolutionary Socialism Fundamentalist Socialism and Revisionism Democratic Socialism and Social Democracy Old Labour and New Labour Similarities…show more content…
Judgments vary as to the effectiveness of the social democratic strategies of the 1945-51 Labour governments. It has been argued ,for example, that especially given the difficulties involved in post -war reconstruction that the Attlee governments succeeded in significantly changing the balance of economic power between the private capitalist sector and the state via its nationalisation programme and succeeded also in radically improving the situations of disadvantaged individuals via its use of Keynesian economic policies to secure full employment and its greater expenditures on health, housing , education and social security. Among the critics some would claim that despite some set-backs between 1945 and 1951 social democratic strategies could nevertheless bring further advances in the future while others, often writing from a Marxist perspective point to what they see as the inevitable weaknesses of social democratic strategies which inevitably inhibit progress toward socialism [Similar but different disputes surround the records of the Wilson administrations of 1964-66, 1966-70 1974-1974, 1974-1976 and the Callaghan administration of 1976-1979 . Even their supporters would probably have to admit that the records of these administrations were disappointing but in each case serious economic problems restricted their freedom of manouevre such that it is claimed that , in the
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