Feelbad Britain

How to make it better



ISBN: 9781905007936 Categories: ,

Format: Paperback

Publication date: April 1, 2009

Page extent: 250

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This book has been written as an attempt to apply the insights and experience of several political lifetimes to the history of the past thirty years - an era characterised, above all, by the ascendancy of neoliberalism, both as a general world-view and as an approach to public policy.

The central thesis of Feelbad Britain is that after the decades of neoliberalism the institutions and social relations on which solidarity, trust and citizenship depend have been undermined. This has left contemporary British society in a troubled and dysfunctional state, without the cohesion or confidence needed if we are to escape from recession, combat climate change and restore faith in government.

The authors put forward a theoretical framework for understanding contemporary politics; and they consider what is to be done to revitalise the British left, challenge neoliberal hegemony, and develop a political project aimed at creating a greener, fairer, happier, more democratic and less divided Britain.


Patrick Ainley, Martin Allen, David Beetham, Noel Castree, Pat Devine, Angela McRobbie, Linda Patterson, Andrew Pearmain, Michael Prior, David Purdy, Kate Soper


Part I Feelbad Britain 

Pat Devine, Andrew Pearmain, Michael Prior and David Purdy

Part II Directions 

David Purdy Re-conceptualising the economy

Pat Devine Social ownership and democratic planning

Kate Soper The fulfilments of post-consumerism and the politics of renewal

Part III Policies 

David Beetham Can British democracy be revived?

Linda Patterson A decade of health service reform: from transparency and restructuring to competition and choice

Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen What has gone wrong with education in England and how to start putting it right

Pat Devine Tackling climate change

Part IV Politics 

Andrew Pearmain Gramsci now

Angela McRobbie Whatever happened to feminism? Four technologies of young womanhood

Noel Castree The environmental wedge: neoliberalism, democracy and the prospects for a new British left

David Purdy Looking for the Left