New Labour’s Politics of the Hard-working Family

  title={New Labour’s Politics of the Hard-working Family},
  author={Oscar Gonz{\'a}lez Reyes},
This chapter uses the case of New Labour’s family politics to investigate the general claim that the party rejects a social democratic politics ‘grounded in collective agency, attachments, and interests’ (Krieger, 1999, p. 19).1 It argues that New Labour has not abandoned the attempt to construct political subjects, as its politics both presupposes the existence of bonds of community and seeks to strengthen them. This is, in fact, the core of Blair’s ‘social-ism’: an ethical judgement that… CONTINUE READING