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Labour’s good book

"The Future of Socialism" was the last important book written by a Labour politician

By Denis MacShane   September 2006

Fifty years ago, Labour produced its only complete work of political theory: The Future of Socialism by Anthony Crosland. It sought, over 500 pages, to create a synthesis of economic and political theory and pragmatic policy proposals in a way that no Labour politician had tried before or since.

Compared to today’s Labour cabinet, which has only one intellectual in it (see News & Curiosities), the Labour cabinets of the 1960s were studded with Oxford dons, serious thinkers and fully qualified economists, of whom Crosland was a star example. In contrast to European social democracy, where sociology was the discipline…

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