Foreword by Hilary Wainwright

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Hilary Wainwright is a British socialist and feminist, best known for being editor of Red Pepper magazine. She is a researcher and writer on the emergence of new forms of democratic accountability within parties, movements and the state. She has documented countless examples of resurgent democratic movements from Brazil to Britain and the lessons they provide for progressive politics.

Hilary was a friend of Kath’s and kindly agreed to write a foreword for the book. She read the initial proof from cover to cover and has provided a very thoughtful overview and context for the book.

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Thatcher’s war against socialism faces the New Left’s struggle to change it
The political importance of process
A missed opportunity for Labour
The influence of feminism
In and against the state
The concerns of a loyal critic
Conflicting meanings of efficiency
Different dimensions of democracy
Whatever happened to participatory democracy?
More democracy as bargaining power?
Hilary Wainwright 2011


[1] Margaret Thatcher ‘The Downing Street Years’ Harper Collins 1995

[2] A gathering of the political and economic elite of the US, Europe and Japan to discuss common problems, founded and funded by David Rothschild in 1973.

[3] See Sheila Rowbotham ‘Feminism and Democracy’ in New Forms of Democracy eds David Held and Christopher Pollitt, Sage 1986.

[4] Su Maddock explores the links between gender, innovation and organisational transformation in ‘Challenging Women’ Sage 1999.

[5] By Jo Freeman, first published in ‘The Second Wave’ in 1972.

[6] ‘In and Against the State’ by the Edinburgh to London Weekend Return Group. Pluto 1980.

[7] See ‘In Place of Austerity: Reconstructing the economy, state and public services’, Dexter Whitfield, Spokesman 2011.

[8] See ‘Reclaim the State: Experiments in popular power’, Hilary Wainwright, Seagull books 2009, Chapter 6.

[9] She adds, “If there is some independent research to prove me wrong, I will happily revise my scepticism.”

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