The Political Thought of Aneurin Bevan

Author(s) Nye Davies

Language: English

Genre(s): Politics

  • September 2024 · 272 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781837721412
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837721429
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837721436

About The Book

Despite his contemporary legacy as an institutional pioneer, there remain fundamental disagreements concerning Aneurin Bevan’s politics. During times of intense internal Labour Party conflict, Bevan is regularly invoked by different factions to serve different purposes. Some revere him as a pragmatic institution builder, while others emphasise his political radicalism and dedication to socialism. In response, this book takes a new approach by treating Bevan as a political thinker and reconstructing his political thought. This offers an alternative perspective on a complex figure and provides new insight into Bevan’s intellectual development and the ideas that drove his politics – including his analysis of class conflict, his commitment to parliamentary politics, and his outlook on international relations. The book also locates Bevan within the Labour Party’s ideological traditions, highlighting moments of tension and compromise with the core tenets of labourism.


Bevan studies
Bevan’s Political Thought
Structure and Approach
Chapter One: Class, Capitalism, Power
Capitalism and Class
Historical Development
Working Class Strategy
Chapter Two: Parliament, the State, Public Ownership
Public ownership
The Mixed Economy
Chapter Three: War, International Relations, World Development
International Order
World development
Chapter Four: Ideas, Hegemony, Democratic Socialism
Hegemony and Consent
Values in Society
Chapter Five: Bevan as a Political Thinker
Bevan's Political Thought
Bevan and the Labour Party
Appendix: Tribune Articles by Category

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Nye Davies

Nye Davies lectures in Politics at Cardiff University, and he is a member of the Wales Governance Centre. His research focuses on the Labour Party, Welsh politics and political thought.

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