New Labour or the Normalization of Neo-Liberalism


Bob Jessop

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here:

‘New Labour or the normalization of neo-liberalism’, British Politics, 2 (3), 282-88, 2007.

For some, the landslide victory of the Labour Party in 1997 held the promise of a reversal of the socio-economic transformation of Britain that had been achieved through nearly eighteen years of Conservative government. But it did not take long for the Blair government to disappoint these hopes. For, in many ways, the three successive Labour Governments under Blair’s continuing authoritarian plebiscitary tutelage have deliberately, persistently, and wilfully driven forward the neo-liberal transformation of Britain rather than halting or reversing it. And, as Blair proudly proclaimed at the 2005 Labour Party Conference, every time that he has tried to introduce modernization, with hindsight he regrets that he has not been more radical. Moreover, having announced that he would not serve a…

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