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Marx Memorial Library
37A Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU London, United Kingdom
This panel discussion is the first in a series of six examining challenges faced by left governments across the globe. Kenny Coyle and Kate Clark will look at the case of Chile.
This series of panel discussions is about learning from experience. Across the world over the past five decades movements of social and political liberation have either directly or as part of wider alliances secured governmental power. By doing so, they have in most cases secured significant gains for working people. In all cases, however, they have met political challenges and sustained opposition from those defending the status quo that has prevented continued progress. In some cases this has resulted in disastrous reversals.
The first group of discussions will examine developments in Chile in the 1970s, in Iraq and Iran in the 1960s and 70s and more recently in West Bengal and Cyprus. The second group will explore the experience of the 1974-79 Labour government in Britain. It will look at its economic programme and the obstacles encountered in implementing any form of Alternative Economic Strategy. It will also consider the question of how to sustain the level of working class mobilisation required to carry through such a strategy. The final discussion will consider the more basic theoretical issues as raised in, for instance, Ralph Miliband’s Parliamentary Socialism or James Harvey’s The British State about the nature of the state and the role of parliament in sustaining the existing order.