Influences on the British Labour Party

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Influences on the British Labour Party
Influence Manifestations
Trade Unionism British: moderate; prefer reliance on collective bargaining, welfare systems
and legal rights of workers. Objective of nationalising major industries
advocated by union leaderships
Fabaianism Middle-class intellectual element, concentrating on social justice through
redistribution of income, equality of opportunity and state controls
Nonconformist Socialism as an ethical issue, based on sense of community. Advocates
Christianity socialist objectives through local government and the formation of
consumer cooperatives
Utopian socialism Welfare key element. It stressed importance of skills training and
education. Idea of worker cooperatives also part of utopian philosophy,
although failed to achieve popularity/economic success
Liberalism Liberal wing promotes equal rights and parliamentary democracy


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