New Social Democratic governments in Britain and Australia
in The search for democratic renewal
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This chapter introduces cases of the New Social Democracy (NSD) in action. It describes the Australian roots of the NSD and reinforces the renewed links between the British and Australian Labour parties. The chapter then focuses on four cases of Labour governments directly influenced by the NSD, beginning with the 'chemically pure' case of New Labour (1997-2010). It also addresses two key areas neglected in the growing literature on New Labour. They are the links between its external programme for democratic renewal and the internal reforms that sought to embed the party more widely with civil society. The chapter charts the preoccupations and activities of three Australian Labor governments: the Victorian Labor government headed by Steve Bracks, the South Australian Labor government headed by Mike Rann, and the federal Rudd government.

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