A New Politics from the Left
A New Politics from the Left

Millions of people passionately desire a viable alternative to austerity, authoritarianism and fear. They reject both corporate capitalism and an elite political system over which they have no control, but they are sceptical of the traditional weapons of the left: seizing state power and devising top-down solutions. They are inventing a new politics based on principles of participatory democracy, co-operation and self-government.

In this urgent and original polemic, activist and academic Hilary Wainwright shows that this new politics must start from sharing the tacit knowledge and creativity of each individual. Power should not be exercised as domination, the imposition of paternalistic rule by well-meaning experts, but as a collaborative exercise in nurturing and asserting the transformative capacity of the many.

Wainwright analyses what this new politics can learn from recent history, from the women's and radical shop stewards' movements in the 1970s and 80s to radical economic and democratic experiments in the 21st century. She thereby provides an inspiration for a future that combines solidarity with autonomy. It will be a resource for activists and radicals everywhere.

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  • March 2018
  • 140 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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  • Hardback $45.00
  • 9781509523627
  • Paperback $12.95
  • 9781509523634
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  • 9781509523641
Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: A New Politics of Knowledge
  • Chapter 2: The New Politics in Practice
  • Chapter 3: From Cells to Transitions
  • Chapter 4: Conclusions: on Questions of Political Strategy and Organisation
  • Further reading and resources
About the Author
Hilary Wainwright is an academic and radical activist who co-edits Red Pepper and is a Fellow of the Transnational Institute
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Hilary Wainwright has been at the centre of social movement politics stretching back to the exciting days of the GLC. Her book is a significant contribution to the vital transformation of the Labour Party into a social movement once again.

John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

‘A New Politics from the Left presents a thorough, convincing and inspiring programme for progressive politics in Britain today.

Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London

In succinct, eloquent prose A New Politics from the Left encompasses all that Hilary Wainwright has learned from her efforts to connect the buoyant creativity of grass roots politics with the coalitions necessary to build genuinely democratic societies.

Lynne Segal, Birkbeck College

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