Extracted from the Whypoliticsreview
''Saving the World''? Gordon Brown Reconsidered is not a blanket defence of a questionable record, but a skillful and entertaining acknowledgement that for all his failings, Brown was the “right man in the right place at the right time” to lead the global response to a crisis that, without his decisive intervention, could have become much, much worse.
Whether history will, as Keegan suggests, remember Brown more as a ‘hero’ than a ‘zero’, only time will tell. It is possible though that, as Keegan hints in Saving the World‘s final pages, Brown and his Keynesian leanings will be remembered more fondly the longer the current government’s austerity measures continue.
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Despite the challenging economic climate, the first coalition government in over half a century, and a number of strikes, marches, and riots, for day-to-day politics it has remained ‘business as usual’. Over the last few years we’ve seen political scandals relating to cash-for-questions, MP’s expenses, and the phone-hacking investigations, but electoral politics has been marked by increasing voter apathy, decreasing party-membership and voter turnout, and a general feeling of detachment of most people from the political process.
In addition, the last three decades have seen the increasing dominance of neo-liberal economic theory in public debate, and a narrowing of differences between all the main political parties. As Stefan Collini, Professor of English Literature and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge has recently pointed out, neo-liberal thinking has developed a “self-evident power” which has stifled or swept aside every other idea, and economic growth has become either the direct goal or indirect driver of almost every area of government policy. It is clear from the banking crisis of 2008 and the ongoing economic and social malaise that this is no longer a satisfactory situation.
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