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The Scottish Labour Party

History, Institutions and Ideas

Edited by Gerry Hassan

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Scottish Labour has been the dominant political party in Scotland for over 40 years. Yet this is the first book to consider the contemporary party, analysing it in the context of Scottish politics, Scotland, and the UK, as well as drawing on international comparisons.

A range of areas are covered

  • The chronology of events over the life of the party.
  • An analysis of the party, its internal structures and culture, and its role in Scottish society.
  • Labour's role as Scotland's leading party, its institutional role, and its wider relationship with Scottish society.
  • The role of the Labour movement.

Key themes include

  • The development of Scottish Labour as Scottish politics has changed with devolution.
  • Its often difficult relationship with devolution.
  • Home rule and the rise of the SNP.
  • The impact of its relationship with the UK Labour party.

Includes contributions from Richard Finlay, Michael Keating, Douglas Fraser, Bob McLean and Christopher Harvie.

Key Features

  • The first book to look at not only the history of the Scottish Labour Party but also the contemporary party.
  • A mix of contributors ensure a variety of perspectives - from academics, journalists, political commentators and public policy experts.
  • Places Scottish Labour within a national and international context.

Contents

1. The People's Party, Still? The Sociology of Scotland's Leading Party
Gerry Hassan
SECTION I
UNDERSTANDING SCOTTISH LABOUR: HISTORIES AND ENVIRONMENT
2. The Labour Party in Scotland 1886-1945: Pragmatism and Principle
Richard Finlay
3. Labour in Scotland since 1945: Myth and Reality
Bob McLean
4. The Economic and Social Context of Scottish Labour
Christopher Harvie
SECTION II
SCOTLAND'S LEADING PARTY
5. The Scottish Electorate and Labour
Paula Surridge
6. The Politics of Scottish Labour's Heartlands
Jane Saren and James McCormick
7. Women and the Labour Party in Scotland
Fiona Mackay
SECTION III
SCOTTISH LABOUR, STATE, NATION AND AUTONOMY
8. New Labour, New Parliament
Douglas Fraser
9. Scottish Labour and British Politics
Iain McLean
10. Pragmatic Nationalists? The Scottish Labour Party and Nationalism
Nicola McEwen
11. The Autonomy and Organisation of Scottish Labour
Peter Lynch and Steven Birrell
SECTION IV
THE WIDER MOVEMENT, SCOTLAND AND INTERNATIONALLY
12. Labour's Journey from Socialism to Social Democracy: A Case Study of Gordon Brown's Political Thought
Gerry Hassan
13. Scotland, Labour and the Trade Union Movement: Partners in Change or Uneasy Bedfellows?
Mark Irvine
14. Socialism, Territory and the National Question
Michael Keating.

About the Author

Gerry Hassan is an author and commentator whose books include Caledonian Dreaming, Independence of the Scottish Mind and Spirit of Independence.

Reviews

researched and presented… a lively and informative book that I found hard to put down.