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Left without a Future?

Left without a Future?

Anthony Painter

08 July 2013

Social Justice in Anxious Times

New Policy Network book by Anthony Painter, published by I.B Tauris

Left without a Future? poses a simple question: despite the failure of neo-liberalism, why has the left failed to provide an alternative that resonates? In a context of enormous social and economic change, the centre-left has not found a convincing new governing statecraft. Now it must seek to create a practical new vision in anxious rather than prosperous times.
Anthony Painter argues that the crash marked an end of an era for the left as well as the neo-liberal right. It has yet to adapt to this moment in a convincing way: either resting on old orthodoxies or pursuing new approaches such as Blue Labour that don’t answer the needs of the time. The centre-left should instead look at cultivating a new suite of practical institutions to take on concentrations of power in the market, state and society – creating greater social justice in the process. Left without a Future? is a manifesto for institutional change in finance, business, labour markets, welfare, public services, education, political parties, democracy, and much else besides.
As social democrats across Europe seek to find a renewed legitimacy for their cause, Left without a Future? is a major contribution to debates that are taking place on the centre-left – and across politics.

About the author:
Anthony Painter
is a political writer and commentator. He has written for the Guardian, New Statesman, Huffington Post, LabourList, Open Democracy, Left Foot Forward, and Labour Uncut. He has published research through the Center for American Progress, Demos, Searchlight Educational Trust, and Policy Network. He is the author of Barack Obama: The Movement for Change.

The book will be launched at an event hosted by Policy Network tomorrow, Tuesday 9th July 2013. Click here for details.

The book is published by I.B Tauris and can be purchased here.

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