Reflections on the Future of the Left

Edited by David Coates

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224 pages   |  216 x 138mm   |  30 September 2017


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.


1. Introduction
David Coates

2. The political economy of an anti-rent-seeking equality agenda
Dean Baker

3. Towards a new paradigm for the Left in the United States
Fred Block

4. Trawling the past as a guide to the future
David Coates

5. A new politics from the left: the distinctive experience of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party
Hilary Wainwright

6. Social democracy in a dangerous world
Colin Crouch

7. Whose side are we on? Liberalism and socialism are not the same
Wolfgang Streeck

8. Class, party and the challenge of state transformation
Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

9. Closing thoughts
Matthew Watson

Author Information

David Coates (1946–2018) held the Worrell Chair in Anglo–American Studies in the Department of Political Science at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

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