Party versus Party: Beatrice Webb and the Ascent of the British Labour Party

Hoekstra, H., 2017, Organizing Democracy: Reflections on the Rise of Political Organizations in the Nineteenth Century. te Velde, H. & Janse, M. (eds.). London: Palgrave, p. 233-235 3 p. (Palgrave Series in Political History).

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This chapter discusses resistance to the organization of political parties in Great Britain. Parties in the sense of a festive gathering, traditionally facilitating the political process, were an in fact an impediment to the development of political parties in the fashion of their Continental equivalents. The case of the Labour Party is discussed since after 1870 formal organization and seeking strength in numbers became intrinsic to socialism. Beatrice Webb’s persistent belief in the central position of the political hostess, as a base for politics, recorded in her diaries, shows that in England socialism was not necessarily bound to result in a class-based mass political party.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganizing Democracy
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on the Rise of Political Organizations in the Nineteenth Century
EditorsHenk te Velde, Maartje Janse
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-30319-50020-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-50019-5
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Series in Political History
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
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