Anthony Crosland: The Mixed Economy by David Reisman

By David Reisman

Anthony Crosland, a member of Harold Wilson's cupboard and the writer of the way forward for Socialism, was once an influential British social democrat. His formidable reappraisal of nationalised possession and controlled firm maintains to stimulate dialogue within the debate approximately administration as opposed to industry. Anthony Crosland: The combined economic system examines Crosland's debatable method of capital and keep an eye on, situating his try and redefine the industrial foundation of socialism within the context of his personal reports and the highbrow culture of the philosophical heart floor.

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The Labour Party under Harold Wilson had voted against it in the House. Sixty-nine Labour pro-Europeans like Roy Jenkins had defied the Whips and voted with the Tories. Twenty Labour MPs like Anthony Crosland had defied the Whips and not voted at all. 143 Crosland appears to have abstained on the grounds that the issue, by dividing the Labour Party, was likely to prolong the tenure of the Conservative Government. While the split obviously did the Party no good, it is hard to see how a Shadow Secretary of State and a member of the Shadow Cabinet can have convinced himself that the Party could be kept together if he remained in his room.

The best of Crosland's later essays found their way into a collection of reprints (similar in that respect to the Conservative Enemy of 1962) which, edited by Dick Leonard (then Labour Member for Romford and Crosland's Parliamentary Private Secretary), was published in 1974 under the title Socialism Now. The collection was introduced by a long survey 28 Anthony Crosland: The Mixed Economy chapter in which Crosland attempted to indicate in what way his Future was still sound, in what way his Socialism might be in need of revision.

November 1967 was back again. The new Prime Minister cannot have failed to appreciate the coincidence. The economic crisis was in the first instance the responsibility of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. It was not in the first instance the responsibility of the Foreign Secretary. A socialist economist, a believer in public spending, Crosland cannot have wanted to be out of the country so frequently at a time when Callaghan and Healey seemed on the point of repeating all the old mistakes.

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