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How to study the Labour Party
Contextual, analytical and theoretical issues

The political analysis and economy of the British Labour Party have tended to concern themselves principally with the concrete and the substantive. This chapter highlights a series of key analytical issues. It also highlights a range of issues which, though perhaps characteristic of a 'new political science of British politics', have arguably tended to be overlooked or, at least, are insufficiently developed in the political analysis and the political economy of Labour. The political, the economic and the cultural are not independent arenas. The chapter identifies some of the principal substantive issues that any balanced assessment and evaluation of Labour's recent history must consider. The debate on the modernisation of the Labour Party provides further evidence of an academic truism. When engaged in abstract reflections of a theoretical kind, social scientists are keen to extol the virtues of a complex view of the relationship between the actors and their context.

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Interpreting the Labour Party

Approaches to Labour politics and history

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