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The Strange Death Of Social-Democratic England

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Left-wing critics of Labour governments have often felt able to accuse them of pursuing not socialist but Keynesian economic policy. But Mr Jenkins is our first Labour Chancellor whose policies would even have been intelligible and acceptable to those as yet untouched by the Keynesian revolution, and it is well worth asking why Labour has made this total change of attitude. If we are to do so, however, we must remember that a political change on this scale never occurs in isolation. Indeed, this chapter suggests that what we are seeing is a major change in the social scene, a change which might well be called 'The Strange Death of Social-Democratic England'. The strange death of social democracy has been accompanied by an unwillingness even to admit the existence of demands for local and regional self-government and of the degree of support which has emerged for Welsh and Scots nationalism.

Keywords:Keynesian economic policy; Keynesian revolution; Labour Chancellor; labour government; Mr Jenkins; nationalism; social-democratic England; strange death



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