Skip to main content
Democracy and decentralisation are their watchwords: for Corbyn and McDonnell, it's municipal socialism reinvented

Democracy and decentralisation are their watchwords: for Corbyn and McDonnell, it’s municipal socialism reinvented

Thomas Hanna

Thomas Hanna

Director of Research at The Democracy Collaborative more

Joe Guinan

Joe Guinan

Executive Director of the Next System Project more

Democracy & Governance

In this article for openDemocracyUK, senior fellow at the Democracy Collaborative and executive director of the Next System Project Joe Guinan, along with the Democracy Collaborative’s director of research Thomas Hanna, discuss the push (and the challenge) for a 21st century socialist political economy in the Labour Party in the UK. Labour Party leaders Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are creating an alternative to the UK’s neoliberal austerity. However, they face an uphill battle as they fight for co-operatives, workplace democracy, and shared ownership in the face of one of the most politically and economically centralised countries in Europe.

Labour’s leaders are creating a new twenty-first century socialist political economy for their party – and one that may require reaching back to some of the left’s lost radical traditions in order to achieve it.

Read the full article at openDemocracyUK.

Thomas Hanna

Thomas Hanna

Director of Research at The Democracy Collaborative more

Joe Guinan

Joe Guinan

Executive Director of the Next System Project more

More related work

Stories

on a field with flowers, the word commons is displayed with a ghostly geometric pattern underneath the image.

Episode 17: Social Transformation Through ‘The Commons’ (w/ David Bollier)

How the commons give us a frame to think against enclosures and towards a next system. read more
The Preston Model: interlinked elements of a local economy

Infographic: The Preston Model

The “Preston Model” is helping inspire a new conversation about the role of local government in catalyzing locally-driven economic revitalization and transforming patterns of ownership. read more

Stories

a wall is half covered in graffiti, in the top half, which is mostly unadorned, the word 'DECOLONIZE' is painted in large black and white letters

Episode 15: How Communities Can Take Control of Their Police (w/ Max Rameau)

Why “community policing” isn’t going to end police violence, and what real community control of policing could look like. read more