New Left

Discipline: Political Science

Body of radical cultural and political theories of the 1960s and 1970s.

Convergence theory promoted oligarchy, orthodoxy, and the wilting of democracy in both Eastern and Western Europe. New participatory and decentralized forms of political and social organization would be an antidote to this, feminism and industrial democracy were key elements.

Rodney Barker, Political Ideas in Modern Britain (London, 1978)


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