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Wrong Turnings: How the Left Got Lost

Geoffrey M. Hodgson

Abstract

The Left is deeply divided. Some Left parties have acquiesced with the ideology of neoliberalism and lost much of their distinctive identity. Others have embraced Left populism, offering seemingly simple solutions – such as public ownership and ‘democratic control’ – to complex politico-economic problems. This book explores the historical roots of the Left’s malaise. The very meaning of ‘Left’ has shifted radically from its origins in the French Revolution. Today, the term Left is associated with state intervention and public ownership, which is remote from its meaning in 1789. It is argued th ... More

Keywords: Left politics, Right politics, The Enlightenment, socialism, liberty, human rights, democracy, equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226505749
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226505916.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey M. Hodgson, author
University of Hertfordshire