Edited by Andrew Crines
Jeremy Corbyn proved to be one of Labour’s most popular and yet one of its most divisive leaders amongst the membership. From his surprise election in 2015, to the subsequent challenges to his leadership, from his appearance at Glastonbury to his position on Europe, Corbyn has been characterised as both a hero and a villain. A conviction politician, determined to do things his way, he was leader of the opposition during the most fraught and difficult political times of modern history. And yet, despite opposing a minority government, Corbyn made little headway in uniting his own party and translating the country’s discontent into ballot success.
In this carefully researched collection of essays, Corbyn’s influence on and legacy for the party are assessed. Each chapter focuses on an aspect of his time in office, his approach, his political thought and policy formation in an attempt to posit what constitutes "Corbynism". Chapters assess his leadership style and ambiguity towards leadership competence, his attitude towards anti-Semitism and women in the party as well as his controversial foreign policy position.
Introduction: an academic study of Corbyn and Corbynism Andrew Crines
1. Election (and re-election) of Jeremy Corbyn Timothy Heppell and Thomas McMeeking
2. Corbynism? A coherent ideology? Peter Kerr and Bradley Ward
3. Corbyn and Englishness John Denham
4. Is Corbyn a populist? David Jeffery
5. Corbynism as identity politics Harry Fletcher
6. Corbyn and public services Peter Dorey
7. Leadership style and party management Mark Bennister and Ben Worthy
8. Corbyn and gender Rosalynd Southern and Emily Harmer>/p>
9. Who are the Corbynites? Glen O'Hara
10. Corbynomics: a political economy? Daniela Tepe-Belfrage and Alex Nunn
11. Labour and Brexit under Corbyn Eunice Goes
12. Corbyn and the constitution Jake Watts
13. Foreign policy Mark Garnett
14. Corbyn and Britain's Jews Andrew Barclay
15. Corbyn and fandom Penny Andrews
16. Corbynism in a historical perspective Lise Butler
Conclusion Andrew Crines
Andrew Crines is Senior Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Liverpool.