The Political Quarterly has provided a free–thinking platform for the leading voices of the progressive tradition in British politics. Its mission has been to bridge the divide between thought and action and to provide an intellectual foundation for practical reform and for progressive politics.
This volume, marking the eightieth anniversary of the journal, contains a selection of articles from eight decades of progressive writing from voices which still have something to say to us now. The collection therefore provides both a fascinating window on the past and a stimulus to thought and action in the present.
Preface (Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright).
1. The Founding of The Political Quarterly (William Robson).
2. The Dilemma of Modern Socialism (J. M. Keynes).
3. The Choice before the Labour Party (R. H. Tawney).
4. Economics in the Modern World (G. D. H. Cole).
5. Utopia and Reality (Leonard Woolf).
6. Notes on the Anglo–Saxon Character (Kingsley Martin).
7. A Plague on All Your Isms (Barbara Wootton).
8. The Economic Aims of the Labour Party (Hugh Gaitskell).
9. The Future of British Politics: an American View (Samuel H. Beer).
10. Parties, Pressure Groups and the British Political Process (R. T. McKenzie).
11. Democracy and Ideology (Bernard Williams).
12. The Woman′s Vote: What Has it Achieved? (Margaret Cole).
13. The Reform of Government (William A. Robson).
14. Socialism or Social Democracy? The Choice for the Labour Party (John P. Mackintosh).
15. The Character of a Moderate (Socialist) (Bernard Crick).
16. Democracy in the Age of Science (Anthony Wedgwood Benn).
17. Beyond Social Democracy (David Marquand).
18. Representative Democracy and Its Limits (Paul Hirst).
19. The Future of Political Biography (Ben Pimlott).
20. Modern Conservatism (David Willetts).
21. Britain in the European Union: A Way Forward (Shirley Williams).
22. Defining British National Identity (Bhikhu Parekh).
23. State and Market: Towards a Public Interest Test (Gordon Brown).
24. A Sovietological View of Modern Britain (Ron Amann).
25. What Will Follow the Demise of Privatised Keynesianism? (Colin Crouch).