The Progressive Century

The Future of the Centre-Left in Britain

  • Editors
  • Neal Lawson
  • Neil Sherlock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction–the Progressive Century: Ours to Make

    1. Neal Lawson, Neil Sherlock
      Pages 1-19
  3. The Case and the Prospects for Progressive Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Tony Wright
      Pages 23-30
    3. Stephen Twigg, Andrew Pakes
      Pages 31-39
    4. Don Macintyre
      Pages 40-47
    5. Steve Richards
      Pages 48-55
    6. David Cowling
      Pages 56-62
  4. Giving Government Legitimacy: New Structures and Culture for a New Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Greg Power, Peter Riddell
      Pages 82-90
    3. Olly Grender, Kate Parminter
      Pages 91-98
    4. Kirsty Milne
      Pages 99-107
    5. Dave Sullivan, Andrew Stevens
      Pages 108-116
  5. The Issues for the New Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Christopher Huhne
      Pages 119-127
    3. Paddy Ashdown
      Pages 128-134
    4. Philip Collins
      Pages 135-141
    5. Don Foster
      Pages 142-150
    6. Roger Levett
      Pages 151-161
    7. Harriet Harman
      Pages 162-172
    8. Ruth Kelly
      Pages 173-180
    9. Anna Coote
      Pages 181-193
    10. Robin Cook, Menzies Campbell
      Pages 194-198
  6. Discussion and Endpiece

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Will Hutton, Polly Toynbee, Mark Oaten, Matthew Taylor, Ruth Lister, Philip Dodd et al.
      Pages 201-222
    3. Peter Mandelsohn
      Pages 223-228
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 229-241

About this book


Can Labour and the Liberal Democrats redefine politics to make the 21st Century a progressive century? Can the centre-left find a common cause to tackle the alienation from politics, the globalisation of power, the need to modernise public services and the will to face up to the environmental challenges? Will the centre-left unite to change the voting system and win the case for Britain entering the single currency? Will the centre-left give real priority to family life and the tackling of discrimination against women? These are some of the questions that are tackled in this topical and controversial book, which brings together leading politicians, journalists, academics and thinkers. Contributors include Robin Cook, Menzies Campbell, Lord Ashdown, Harriet Harman, Ruth Kelly, Peter Mandelson, Don MacIntyre, Steve Richards, Anna Coote, Polly Toynbee, Matthew Taylor, Kirsty Milne, Don Foster and Chris Huhne.


democracy Electorate feminism globalization politics voting

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