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Historic Fabian Society publications from before 2000 are available at the LSE Digital Library

Stopping the Far Right

Stopping the Far Right

The rise of far right extremists – such as the British National Party – is one of the most worrying trends of recent times. With ever more candidates, increased media attention and a rising number of votes, the BNP seems...

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A Common Place

A Common Place

A new national day for Britain is one of the proposals in a Fabian pamphlet by Communities and Local Government Secretary Ruth Kelly and Immigration Minister Liam Byrne. A Common Place argues that our liberalism and tolerance have never been...

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How peace broke out in the Middle East

How peace broke out in the Middle East

Pessimism dominates discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet the idea that the time is not ripe for peace implies that some more auspicious moment will arise – at some future unspecified date. In reality, continuing on the well-trodden path of...

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Born Unequal: Why we need a progressive pre-birth agenda

Born Unequal: Why we need a progressive pre-birth agenda

InBritain, by the time a baby is born, its chances of living a healthy, fulfilling life are already decided. Building on Narrowing the Gap, Louise Bamfield examines the reasons for inequalities at birth and explores the ways in which government...

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Narrowing the Gap

Narrowing the Gap

Narrowing the Gap, the final report of the Fabian Commission on life chances and child poverty, sets out a strategy for tackling inequality in Britain today. The report sets out the facts about unequal Britain- where one in five children...

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Challenging the Citadel: Breaking the hospitals' hold on the NHS

Challenging the Citadel: Breaking the hospitals' hold on the NHS

The authors argue that the NHS is far too focused on the hospital as an institution. The challenges of the 21st century require an NHS focused on public health and health prevention, but this will not be possible if the...

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2025 - What next for the Make Poverty History generation?

2025 - What next for the Make Poverty History generation?

Twenty years on from Live Aid and one year on from Gleneagles and Live 8, this collection of essays looks ahead to the global justice and sustainability challenges of the next 20 years, and the campaigns we will need to...

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The Real Deal

The Real Deal

A radical rethink of UK drugs policy is outlined by senior backbencher John Mann MP in 'The Real Deal'. Using evidence from work done in his Bassetlaw constitency, he argues for a new approach to drugs classification, and for compulsory...

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Raising Lazarus: the future of organised Labour

Raising Lazarus: the future of organised Labour

Coats argues that the unions have a vital role to play in the labour market, but must reform to reverse their declining fortunes. While support remains high for collective action, unions must alter their rhetoric and widen their appeal to respond...

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The Politics of Pension Reform

The Politics of Pension Reform

The politics of pension reform is just as important as the policy itself. In this pamphlet, Richard Brooks and John Denham argue that the government must get the politics right if it is to achieve what has eluded its predecessors...

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Why Life Chances Matter

Why Life Chances Matter

This influential interim report of the Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty draws on new Fabian/MORI deliberative research into public attitudes to set out the philosophical and political challenges involved in forging a compelling new public politics of...

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The New Case for Europe

The New Case for Europe

In politics, economics and foreign policy Europe is the essential tool for the progressive causes of our time. This, however, is threatened by the decline in British pro-Europeanism. The New Case for Europe argues for the relevance of Europe today.

Why...

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Must politics disappoint?

Must politics disappoint?

"Must Politics Disappoint" defends the place of politics in the 21st century. However, politics, it argues, has not yet adapted to the challenges of the mass democratic age.

In order to curb the disappointment, Meg Russell proposes a new set of principles which...

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Family Fortunes: the new politics of childhood

Family Fortunes: the new politics of childhood

The children's agenda is central to Labour's distinctive vision of government, and can help shift the centre ground of British politics by making a new popular case for state provision.

But the authors in this collection warn that building a genuinely...

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The Best Intentions?

The Best Intentions?

The NHS has always depended on diversity, yet it has not dealt successfully with diversity itself. Britain's leading health and race policymakers set out an agenda for change.

The National Health Service - the most cherished of British public institutions -...

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A New Social Contract: From targets to rights in public services

A New Social Contract: From targets to rights in public services

Public service reform is central to the Government’s domestic agenda. But the political and policy debates have got stuck. The limits of a target driven approach are becoming increasingly clear, while few voters can follow an often technocratic debate on managerial...

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The Making of Europe's Constitution

The Making of Europe's Constitution

Europe’s political leaders are seeking to agree a new Constitution for Europe. This will be the most significant constitutional development in Europe since the Treaty of Rome established theEuropean Economic Community in 1957. But will it make Europe’s institutions more...

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Progressive Globalisation

Progressive Globalisation

Polarised between neo-liberal advocates of free trade on the one hand, and utopian ‘anti-globalisers’ on the other, debates about globalization frequently generate more heat than light. This pamphlet offers an important new approach.

Progressive Globalisation argues for the management of global...

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