Why Is There No Labor Party? Class and Race in the United States and Australia



Political parties based on the labour movement have become electorally important in every advanced capitalist country. Every one, that is, except the United States. The standard explanations for this American exceptionalism rely on comparisons between the United States and Europe. But many of these explanations look much weaker when the United States is compared with Australia. For in the late nineteenth century, compared with Old World Europe, Australia had many of the same New World characteristics as the United States. And yet Australia produced one of the world’s earliest and most electorally powerful labour parties.


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