‘ The last few years have seen a plethora of ideas bubbling up from the grassroots movement that underpinned Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic rise to be leader of the Labour Party. It fills me with hope that this ecosystem of thinkers on the left just keeps growing and growing – and these essays are a hugely important contribution to that.’ – Sam Tarry MP
In Corbynism from Below, thinkers, writers and activists provide a background of analysis, insight and critique of how Labour was reshaped under Jeremy Corbyn as the party comes to terms with the scale and nature of the 12th December defeat.
In 2017 Jeremy Corbyn surprised everyone, including his own supporters, by depriving Theresa May of her majority. Two years on, with May forced out, Boris Johnson in, and a dramatic constitutional crisis over Brexit, Corbyn’s Labour suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Tories.
Bringing together a diverse range of thinkers, writers and activists, Corbynism from Below provides an essential background to coming to terms with that defeat and assessing the enduring viability of Corbyn-era options for Labour’s future.
Unafraid to face up to the limits of Corbynism, while enthusiastic about the possibilities it represented, Corbynism from Below offers an account of how the Labour Party has changed as the party considers the Corbyn legacy and what comes next.
Mark Perryman: The Party Turned Upside Down
Top to Bottom
Lorna Finlayson: The Corbyn Context
Andrew Gamble: The Left v. Authoritarian Populism
Phil Burton-Cartledge: A Tale of Two Crises
Jeremy Gilbert: Acid Corbynism for Beginners
Building Blocs from Below
Jess Garland: Members Not Only
Adam Klug and Emma Rees: How Big Organizing Works
Heather Wakeﬁeld: A Workplace to Win
Anne Coddington: The New Left Mediascape
Neal Lawson: Labouring Under Illusions
Lindsey German: An Extra-Parliamentary Aﬀair
Satnam Virdee: Class, Racism and a Vacuum
Gerry Hassan: Farewell to the Labour Nation
History in the Remaking
James Meadway: Out of the Ruins
Paul Hilder: The Revolution Will be Networked
Paula Surridge: In Search of the Value-Added Voter
Hilary Wainwright: Beyond the Labour Fragments
‘Corbynism promised the end of a top-down Labour Party and the start of a mass movement to change society for good. This is no easy task. Corbynism from Below describes the detours and difficulties along the way, without losing sight of the movement’s prospects and possibilities.’
– Laura Parker, National Organiser, Momentum
‘It is the grit, tenacity and creativity of activists, both inside and outside the Labour Party, which has kept the Corbyn project alive … The success of Corbynism will depend on the mobilisation of these activists, and this book accounts for how we have achieved so much so far, without forgetting all that remains still to be done.’
– Holly Rigby, founder ‘Abolish Eton’, grassroots Labour campaign against private schools
‘The last few years have seen a plethora of ideas bubbling up from the grassroots movement that underpinned Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic rise to be leader of the Labour Party. It fills me with hope that this ecosystem of thinkers on the left just keeps growing and growing – and these essays are a hugely important contribution to that.’
– Sam Tarry, Campaign Director, Jeremy Corbyn 2016 leadership campaign