The morphology of the labour party's one nation narrative: story, plot and authorship

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By applying narrative theory to the party political texts emerging within the UK Labour Party after 2010, which make up the corpus of One Nation discourse, we can grasp the underlying significance of this ideational revision of Labour Party and leftist thought. Through an identification and analysis of the sequence of texts and their constitution as a "story" that interpolates an underlying "plot," we can see how a revision of Labour's "tale" offers to leadership a new party discourse appropriate to it, mediating-if not reconciling-the problematic duality of narrative authorship by both party and leader.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-341
Number of pages12
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date18 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • Ed Miliband, narrative theory, blue labour, one nation, labour party

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