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English Questions

  • Andrew Gamble
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Abstract

For more than a century the great political causes in British politics were Empire, Socialism, Free Trade, Liberty and Reform. They are so no longer. If some of them still resonate, they do so in different ways. In the last twenty-five years British politics has been transformed, and a new political landscape has emerged. At the centre of this new landscape is the question of Britain’s relation to Europe and to America, whether Britain can be a bridge between the two, or whether it has to choose between them. This book explores this question in relation to the historical path of development of British politics, and the imprint it has left on the British state, on British institutions, on British political parties and on British political ideologies. The relationship of Britain to Europe and America is not a matter simply of economics or of politics or of international relations: it goes to the heart of the political identity and political economy of this state formed over a very long period of development. It constantly gives rise to new defining issues in British politics, such as whether or not to join the euro, whether or not to support war against Iraq.

Keywords

Political Economy Welfare State Democratic Socialism Empire State Political Landscape 
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