Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Labour Parties and the State in Australia and the UK

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2005), 88, (1), 121–141.

Abstract

During the Hawke-Keating period of federal government in Australia and under Blair in the UK both Labor Parties reset traditional understandings about the role and capacity of the state. State power is now exercised in a cultural context in which neo-liberal axioms largely prevail over social democratic ones. What impact did this context have in shaping policy in areas such as the national economy, social structure and political system? This article maps continuity and discontinuities in the theory and practice of the state displayed by Labor Parties in both countries since the 1980s; and contrasts the novelty with the effectiveness of the ‘New Labour’ positions.

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Patmore, Greg

Coates, David

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