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Reflections on the Future of the Left
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Reflections on the Future of the Left (Paperback)

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What is the future for progressive politics in advanced capitalism? With its political fortunes so low, how might the Left move forward?

These essays from leading left intellectuals - Dean Baker, Fred Block, David Coates, Hilary Wainwright, Colin Crouch, Wolfgang Streeck, Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin and Matthew Watson - reflect on the scale and nature of the task that the Left now faces and consider the following questions:

* What in modern capitalism has brought the Left to this impasse?

* What role has the Left played in its own failings?

* What lessons can be learnt for progressive politics going forward?

* What are the immediate options and how can they best be pursued?

The views and opinions expressed vary, but all offer searching insights into the task the Left now faces. All point to the intellectual and practical experience on which the Left now needs to draw as it deals with its contemporary challenges. These essays represent a major statement on the future for centre-left politics and offer a frank appraisal of the Left's current capacity to keep conservatism at bay and to strengthen radical politics again.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesSocialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies Publisher: Agenda Publishing Publication Date: 30/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9781911116523  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies in the Department of Political Science at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. English by birth and American by citizenship, he has written extensively on labour politics, political economy and public policy in both the US and the UK. His recent publications include Answering Back: Liberal Responses to Conservative Arguments (2010), Making the Progressive Case: Towards a Stronger US Economy (2012), America in the Shadow of Empires (2014) and Capitalism: The Basics (2015). He blogs regularly for The Huffington Post on the full range of US social, economic and foreign policy issues and on his own site at

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