Review of The Alternative, edited by Lisa Nandy, Caroline Lucas and Chris Bowers – how realistic is the alternative?

Renewal - ISSN 0968-5211
Volume 24 Number 4 (2016)

Review of The Alternative, edited by Lisa Nandy, Caroline Lucas and Chris Bowers – how realistic is the alternative?
Gideon Calder, pages -

Abstract

Doctrine doesn’t win elections – resonant stories do.  Carys Afoko’s point, in the concluding chapter to this book, shouldn’t be surprising.  It wasn’t Chicago School economic models which worked well on the doorstep in 1979.  It’s not some wholesale popular conversion to this or that model of civic nationalism which accounts for the SNP’s recent joys.  It’s not Nigel Farage’s preferred philosophical framework (or whatever) which swung the EU referendum. The midwives of each of these successes are narratives that somehow won out.  A coherent enough story, hooking up and chiming enough with what enough people had enough reason to be thinking.  Simple stories can make for bad denouements, sometimes because of their simplicity – the Brexit vote may become a kind of mascot for this point.  Even so, they’re needed to get things moving.

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Gideon Calder (2016) Review of The Alternative, edited by Lisa Nandy, Caroline Lucas and Chris Bowers – how realistic is the alternative?, Renewal, 24(4), -

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