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Title: A Strategic Left? Starmerism, Pluralism and the Soft Left
Author(s): Thompson, Paul
Pitts, Frederick Harry
Ingold, Jo
Keywords: Labour Party
British politics
the left
Keir Starmer
Issue Date: 30-Nov-2020
Citation: Thompson P, Pitts FH & Ingold J (2020) A Strategic Left? Starmerism, Pluralism and the Soft Left. Political Quarterly.
Abstract: This article places the Labour Party’s present post‐Corbyn renewal in the context of previous periods of renewal in the party’s recent history, associating with the new leadership of Keir Starmer a potential to rediscover the strategic project of the pluralist soft left as an alternative to the programmatic character of the hard left. After assessing the Corbynist hegemony established in the Labour Party between 2015 and 2019, it considers the current absence of any clearly defined set of principles or values underpinning ‘Starmerism’. It then looks back to the Kinnockite ascendency in the 1980s, and the Blairite ascendency in the 1990s, as possible templates for how the party reassesses its positioning with reference to changing electoral, social and economic circumstances. A critique of Corbynism’s left populism culminates in a consideration of the possible grounds for a new pluralist agenda attuned to the policy and electoral challenges Labour faces today.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1467-923X.12940
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. The Political Quarterly published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Political Quarterly Publishing Co (PQPC) This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License (, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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