Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2019

288 Pages | 7 b/w tables

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474445740

Also Available As:

Bookseller Code (01)

Global Statesman

How Gordon Brown Took New Labour to the World

First Edition

David M. Webber

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Revisits Gordon Brown's decade as the New Labour Chancellor and his crucial but neglected attempts to eliminate global poverty
  • Uniquely focuses on how Brown sought to carve out his own personal place upon the world stage
  • Reveals that the newly created Department for International Development (DFID) was effectively subsumed into the Treasury rather than the Foreign Office--so that Brown could control their policy design and output
  • Shows how demands for social justice made by civil society groups were 'matched' by Brown's own faith and social philosophy, becoming co-opted and recycled into his international development policies
  • Problematises the 'missionary zeal' of Brown; his post-colonial mindset and 'white saviour' complex, and his tendency to offer top-down universal solutions to the global South
  • Critiques the failure of the Chancellor to take account of, let alone address, the systemic inequalities created by the neoliberal development that Brown himself sought to implement

Also of Interest