British Politics in the Global Age
Can Social Democracy Survive?
Reviews and Awards
"This book is an important and enriching contribution to the analysis of British politics. It eschews the language of 'no alternative' to argue that in a global age New Labor can and should seek to craft a distinct form of social democratic politics equipped for a multinational and multiethnic Britain. It deserves to be widely read."--American Political Science Review
"This is an ambitious and original study of the politics of New Labour, which analyzes how social democratic politics have been transformed by changes taking place in the organization of production and the composition of the working class, and by the rise of new identities. It offers a fresh perspective and a challenging assessment of what New Labour needs to do to carry its project through to success."--Andrew Gamble, University of Sheffield
"This is a powerful and original argument for the renewal of social democracy in Britain. Like Tony Blair, Joel Krieger recognizes that the Labour Party must break radically with the welfare state which it took the lead in establishing after World War Two. Stating clearly what he means by the catch-all term 'globalization,' he shows how it makes the old model obsolete. In Krieger's opinion, that analysis also reveals the shortcomings of Blair's proposed 'Third Way,' and, moreover, suggests how the social democratic ideal can be adapted in politics, policies, and institutions to the needs of the global age."--Samuel H. Beer, Harvard University (Emeritus)
"It is most exciting to have a book on New Labour that focuses not on political parties or personalities or even just on economic and constitutional challenges, but on our changed social conditions--and that includes new ethnicities and transnational identities. Ethnic minority groups are struggling with what community means--in practical terms, what it means to be Muslim, or Indian, or black. Krieger sees these debates as key to the reconceptualization of collectivity today and challenges New Labour to connect these debates to its core value of community. His understanding of a new multicultural social democracy is an important contribution to the reformulation of center-left politics--and not just in Britain."--Tariq Modood, University of Bristol