Edited by Andrew S. Roe-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, he was characterized as both hero and villain. A conviction politician, determined to do things his way, he was leader of the opposition during one of the most fraught and difficult periods in 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 collection of carefully researched essays, Corbyn’s influence on and legacy for the Labour 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, his attitude towards antisemitism and women in the party, his controversial foreign policy positions, as well as his views on the European Union. The essays also engage with a range of wider debates about populism, identity politics and fandom.
1. Introduction: "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!" The mission to renew Labour Andrew S. Roe-Crines 2. The election and re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party Timothy Heppell and Thomas McMeeking 3. Corbynism: a coherent ideology? Bradley Ward and Peter Kerr 4. Is Corbyn a populist? David Jeffery 5. Corbynism as identity politics Harry W. Fletcher 6. An end to market mania and managerialist madness: Corbyn(ism) and the public sector Peter Dorey 7. Jeremy Corbyn and the dilemmas of leadership Mark Bennister and Ben Worthy 8. The absolute boy versus magic grandpa: Jeremy Corbyn and gender politics Rosalynd Southern and Emily Harmer 9. Who are the Corbynites? Glen O’Hara 10. Jeremy Corbyn in historical perspective Lise Butler 11. Labour under Corbyn: zigzagging towards Brexit Eunice Goes 12. Corbyn, the constitution and constitutional premiership: breaking Bennism? Steven Daniels 13. Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy Mark Garnett and Richard Johnson 14. Corbyn and antisemitism Andrew Barclay 15. Fan wars: Jeremy Corbyn, fans and the "antis" Phoenix C. S. Andrews 16. Corbyn and leadership satisfaction ratings Timothy Heppell and Thomas McMeeking
Andrew S. Roe-Crines is Senior Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Liverpool.