Voices of the UK Left: Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics

Judi Atkins (Editor), John Gaffney (Editor)

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This book brings together a team of specialists to explore why some left-wing politicians are able to communicate their message effectively, whereas others struggle to connect with the public. To address this question, it analyses the rhetoric and narratives employed by figures from British and Welsh Labour, the Green Party, the Scottish National Party and the radical left, as well as the anti-austerity movement. In doing so, the collection offers insights into why the performances of political actors such as Carwyn Jones and Nicola Sturgeon resonate with a wide audience, whereas some - like Jeremy Corbyn - have limited appeal beyond the party faithful. The volume provides an accessible examination of the language and ideas of the UK left, while offering a novel perspective on the challenges currently facing the Labour Party. It will therefore appeal to a wide readership, including scholars and students of rhetoric, ideology, political leadership, and British politics.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages250
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-51902-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-51901-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameRhetoric, Politics and Society


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