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Rob Manwaring

6 National conversations Today we are throwing open the window on our democracy, to let a little fresh air in … What we are looking for from this summit are new ideas for our nation’s future … And if we succeed, a new way of governing our nation. Kevin Rudd, 2008b As we have seen, a feature of the New Social Democracy is a ­commitment to democratic renewal, and seeking to find new ways of involving c­ itizens in policy-making processes, and in both Britain and Australia there have been a number of initiatives that have attempted to achieve this – through

in The search for democratic renewal
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A conversation on national identity

It could be argued that the English always have discussed their national identity at length, if not 'with arms', and rarely at the dinner table. This book introduces the diversity of reflection on Englishness in a number of stages. 'Versions' of England are particularly apparent when reading contemporary travel writing on and about England. The relationship between the claims of continuity and the claims of change can be captured by understanding Englishness as conversation. The book brings together insights from English history, politics, constitutional affairs, literature, psephology and social psychology to provide a digest of current reflection and is divided into three complementary parts. In the first part, the nuances and subtleties of Englishness are explored. It also explores the conceptual structure and sociological texture of what such a cosmopolitan England would look like. The part discusses conversational etiquette of English national self-identification, the fear of an 'English backlash', and the non-white ethnic minority communities. The second part considers Englishness in politics and institutions. After 1997, the Labour government believed that devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland dealt with England in the appropriately English way: pragmatic adjustment without provocation. It includes discussions on Conservatism and Englishness, Gordon Brown and the negation of England, and the Britain central government. The third part reprises the themes discussed in the previous parts with a historical and literary emphasis. It includes discussions on the changing face of Englishness, and the English union in the writings of Arthur Mee and G.K. Chesterton.

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These Englands – a conversation on national identity
Arthur Aughey and Christine Berberich

from the work of the English philosopher Michael Oakeshott. The first of these is the metaphor of the ‘dry wall’ which was originally used to explain the character of historical change. We use it here to suggest how the varieties of Englishness stand in relation to one another and to the whole. The second is the idea of politics as conversation. Here we propose that Englishness can be understood as a conversation, an

in These Englands
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Christine Berberich and Arthur Aughey

at any one time is to write or speak of the conversation implied in those tales. Though the conversation is constantly changing it is remarkable how, as Oakeshott remarked and as we discussed in the Introduction, there is also a ‘swerving back to recover and make something topical out of even its remotest moments’ (1991: 59). For example, Paul Kingsnorth’s (2008) lament at the

in These Englands
Orla O’Donovan

so long as the programme-makers assumed a ‘fly on the wall’ stance.3 Complete with the sounds of crying babies, chesty coughing, chair shuffling and murmured asides, the unavoidably poorly recorded ‘Ivan Illich comes to Corofin’, forms part of the significant volume of books, essays and recorded conversations involving this highly prolific and influential theorist. Celebrated by many as a twentieth-century ‘intellectual superstar’ (Kahn and Kellner, 2007: 438), Illich (1973: 50) himself acknowledged that his ideas exposed him to the ‘painful criticism of being not

in Mobilising classics
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Contestation, care and the ‘temper of the country’
Gideon Calder

? The answers here are not self-evident. Rather, they are triggers for a difficult conversation. Among its very many precious contributions, Marquand’s work has thrown searching light on the essential place of such conversation, and – just as urgently – on the waning of its quality under neoliberalism. It punctuates his attention to the lack of a ‘philosophy of the public realm’ (Marquand, 1988: 11), and his probing of the disconnect between ‘the liberal-minded radical intelligentsia’ and the core constituencies of progressive parties (Marquand, 1991; Marquand, 1997

in Making social democrats
Simon Lee

Introduction In his landmark study of The Politics of Englishness , Arthur Aughey proposed that ‘to be English was to participate in a conversation, an imaginative rather than a purely functional engagement, about the country’s history, culture and society’ (Aughey, 2007 : 213). Despite the enactment of devolution to the other constituent

in These Englands
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Elana Wilson Rowe

global politics more generally. Chapter 2 opened with Saami poet Nils-​Aslak Valkeapää’s envisioning of the Arctic as a highway of movement and conversation, with its 131 132 Arctic governance treeless expanses providing the opportunity to roam and the long polar nights providing opportunity to talk and listen. This image reminds us of an additional factor that explains this Arctic peace: the socio-​political fabric of Arctic cross-​border governance is thick, varied and under constant rework. This book has shown that a lot of what happens in Arctic governance

in Arctic governance
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Liene Ozoliņa

, and then brought the conversation back to the recent tragedy and shared with me a story of one of the survivors she had been counselling: Here, I’ll give you one great example, I haven’t told it [to anyone] yet but I plan to remember it for my work with the unemployed and elsewhere that I work. A very vivid example. It has to do with Maxima, with the ones that passed away. A vivid example. And there will be a conclusion that I draw. So, the roof collapses in Maxima and there are little stores nearby [within the same shopping centre]. And a sales assistant is

in Politics of waiting
The politics of consultation in Britain and Australia
Author: Rob Manwaring

This book attempts to understand how two sister centre-left parties, the British Labour Party and the Australian Labor Party (ALP), have sought to adapt to the modern era and effect changes. It identifies and examines a range of drivers for Labour's desire to experiment and find new forms of citizen engagement. Linked to the influence of the New Social Democracy (NSD) is the lingering legacy of the new public management (NPM) reforms implemented in the public sectors in both countries. For Labour, democratic renewal is an attempt to secure wider legitimacy in neoliberal settings; similarly, the NSD is also linked to the debates about the perceived shift from government to governance. The NSD has attempted to respond to these debates and in Britain a concerted effort has been made to reformulate the role of the state and, by extension, civil society. The book examines how far the NSD has influenced Labour governments in Britain and Australia. It establishes Labour's interest in democratic renewal, specifically, the role of political participation and civic engagement in the wider context of democratic theory. Given that the NSD calls for an 'active citizenry', this is important. A central motif of democratic theory is an ambivalence about the role of political participation in a modern liberal democratic polity. The book explores how far New Social Democratic governments in Britain and Australia have been successful in seeking to link new forms of public dialogue to existing democratic decision-making processes in the modern western world.