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Evan Durbin (1906–1948)

  • Catherine EllisEmail author
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Abstract

Evan Durbin was a democratic socialist, an economist and a politician. In the 1930s, his work was central to the Labour Party’s adoption of economic planning. During and after the Second World War, Durbin championed a socialist planned economy that maximized individual liberty and rejected sectional interests. He was elected as a Labour Member of Parliament in 1945 and served as a junior minister in Clement Attlee’s government. His distinctive formulation of socialism melded economics with ethics and insights drawn from psychology and psychoanalysis, underpinned by a belief in the superiority of English values and institutions. Durbin’s ethical vision and interest in affluence, voter psychology and managerialism informed Labour’s policy debates in the 1950s and ensured the continued relevance of his ideas.

Keywords

Durbin History of socialism Labour Party Economic planning LSE Fabian society Ethical socialism John Bowlby Hugh Gaitskell 

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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