Anthony Crosland bequeathed a significant intellectual legacy to the Labour Party. In this timely book, Patrick Diamond considers a wide range of Crosland's writings on the economy and politics, relating his ideas on egalitarian social democracy, electoral strategy, the European question, and the importance of progressive liberalism on the British centre-left. Written in a clear and persuasive way, it will appeal to academics, students, activists, Labour Party members and associated think tanks,
Patrick Diamond spent ten years in various roles at the heart of British government, including Head of Policy Planning and Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, Group Director of Strategy, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Special Adviser to the Cabinet Office. He is now Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London, Executive Chair of Policy Network and was Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He writes extensively for numerous UK and European newspapers, publications and other media outlets.
Preface; Introduction: Crosland's Legacy; Crosland: The socialist theoretician as hero; Egalitarian social democracy: `is equality of opportunity enough'?; Crosland and liberal progressivism: `conscience and reform'; America and Europe in post-war social democracy; Crosland's electoral strategy: `can Labour win?'; Crosland and Labour party modernisation: From Kinnock to Blair; The future of social democracy and the British Left; Conclusion: A Future for Socialism?.