To build a new Jezrusalem: an historical institutionalist analysis of the origins of the Corbyn era in the Labour Party

Monahan, M. ORCID: 0000-0001-7096-3919, 2020. To build a new Jezrusalem: an historical institutionalist analysis of the origins of the Corbyn era in the Labour Party. British Politics. ISSN 1746-918X (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

Now that Corbynism has passed, an institutional explanation for his sudden control of the British Labour party allows for a richer understanding of the process by which his leadership came about. In particular this analysis develops on the established institutional theory ideas of reactivation, invasion and veto players; and adds the role of "veto complacency". These theoretical mechanisms are key to understanding why the British Labour party changed so radically after its 2015 electoral defeat, and why it is suspect to argue that its then leader, Jeremy Corbyn, represented merely a return to the past. The ideas of the Corbyn movement can be understood as having been a contemporary adaptation of socialism, namely "new socialism". This case study highlights the usefulness of applying institutional theory mechanisms to explanations of party change; and seeks to expand on current dominant theories of institutional change that appear less capable of explaining sudden radical endogenous change—as exhibited here by the British Labour party.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: British Politics
Creators: Monahan, M.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
Date: 29 October 2020
ISSN: 1746-918X
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 29 Oct 2020 13:30
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 13:30
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41437

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