Ideological and Political Evolution of Labour Party in the late XX at the Beginning of XXI Centuries

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2013-8-29-42

N. Rabotyazhev, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO RAN), 23 Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The article is devoted to ideological and political changes of the British Labour Party in the late XXth and at the beginning of the XXIst centuries. The author considers the main characteristic features of the British Labourism, the causes of the Labour Party’s crisis in the late 70-s, and the ideological renewal of the party during the following years. The modernization of the Labour Party under Tony Blair’s leadership, main principles of “The New Labourism” and “The Third Way”, and the evolution of the Labour Party under Blair’s successors are also thoroughly analyzed. The author comes to a conclusion that the New Labourism wasn’t a rupture with Labour tradition, but rather its new interpretation.

Keywords: Labourism, Labour Party, social democracy, democratic socialism, “The New Labourism”, “The Third Way” 

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For citation:
Rabotyazhev N. Ideological and Political Evolution of Labour Party in the late XX at the Beginning of XXI Centuries. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2013, no. 8, pp. 29-42.

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