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The continuing relevance of Croslandite social democracy

This chapter begins by outlining the main arguments contained in The Future of Socialism. These consist of first an account of the transformation of the British economy, which was followed by a discussion of socialist aims and finally an analysis of the policies most appropriate for their attainment. Of fundamental importance for the revisionist position was the distinction between values and policies, or ends and means as they were labelled. The chapter then discusses the criticisms made of Crosland's arguments. Of these, the intellectual challenge from the New Right was the most serious. The chapter illustrates how revisionists in the 1980s sought to defend social democracy in the face of this intellectual challenge. It also discusses certain wider empirical developments, which some commentators have argued spell the death of social democracy. Finally, the chapter demonstrates the continuing relevance of core elements of Croslandite social democracy.

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