Party, place and politics
Editorial // James Stafford, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite
On the local and national in politics. In the aftermath of the difficult local elections, we examine in this issue the problems of anti-politics for the left; possible local routes to building a political movement, and the limits to the possibilities offered by localism.
Anti-Politics and the left
Essay // Gerry Stoker, Jonathan Moss, Nick Clarke, Will Jennings
Anti-politics is on the rise in contemporary Britain, and poses challenges—but also opportunities—for the left. New research suggests that participatory democracy isn’t the answer, but that Labour could think about changing recruitment, constitutional reform, progressive alliances, and new forms and styles of communication with the electorate.
Narrative, participatory democracy and political communication
Response // Andrew Gamble, Gavin Shuker, Oliver Escobar
Three responses to ‘Anti-Politics and the Left’
The new partisanship
Essay // Lea Ypi, Jonathan White
The re-emergence of the party as a site of mobilisation invites a broader interpretation of partisanship. A party is not just a collective that aims to win political power, but one that does so as part of a principled, long-term project.
Feature // Adam Klug, Emma Rees, James Schneider
Momentum’s three national organisers set out their vision for Momentum: organisation building, movement politics, and changing society.
Essay // Paul Thompson
One of Renewal’s original editors examines the role of the soft left in the 1980s and asks what a soft left revival today might look like.
Community wealth building: America’s emerging assetbased approach to city economic development
Feature // Marjorie Kelly, Sarah McKinley, Violeta Duncan
Across the United States a growing number of communities are experimenting with innovative ways to create a more equal, democratic, and community based economy from the ground up.
Feature // Matthew Brown, Martin O’Neill
Martin O’Neill speaks to Councillor Matthew Brown about Community Wealth-Building and Alternative Economic Strategies in Preston.
Place-based health: why local accountability would lead to better quality and outcomes
Essay // Jessica Studdert
The NHS is one of our most treasured national institutions. But it is nearly broken. Only localism and the integration of clinical medicine, public health and social care can update Bevan’s settlement for the twenty-first century.
Shaping a new deal for coastal communities
Notebook // Fernanda Balata
The ‘Blue New Deal’ developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) offers a new model for sustainable development in coastal communities.
Feature // Simon Thompson, Tariq Modood
Multiculturalism is often criticised and misunderstood. But it still delivers better results than any alternative that’s been tried. Tariq Modood discusses empathy and commitment in academic life, and outlines a critically evolving multiculturalism.