Building Sustainable Societies

One Nation? Class, Utopia, and Labour’s Curious Quest for Renewal

A Bauman Institute Workshop

Date: Tuesday 18 November, 4:00 – 5.30pm
Location: Room 12.21/12.25, Social Sciences Building
Guest Speaker: Hugo Radice
Panel: Tracy Shildrick, Mark Davis

All Welcome

In September, Jon Cruddas and Jonathan Rutherford published the results of their Policy Review. Entitled ‘One Nation: Labour’s Political Renewal’ they describe the document as “radically rethinking what Labour stands for when there is no money to spare”. They also claim to have “delivered on the task of radically updating Labour’s policy position in record time. Working across the labourmovement and involving thousands of people, it has produced a substantial piece of work that will form the basis of a bold manifesto at next years election”.

Using this document to frame the debate, this Workshop opens with a presentation by Hugo Radice that draws upon two of his recent papers: ‘Class Theory and Class Politics Today’ and ‘Utopian Socialism and Marx’s Capital: Envisioning Alternatives’. Download these papers here:

With responses from Tracy Shildrick and Mark Davis, followed by an open Q&A with the audience, the workshop will explore the implications of the One Nation document and question how it might be possible to envision alternatives to capitalist political economy in an age of austerity.

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