Review: Democratic Left: The Life and Death of a Political Party | Workers Solidarity Movement

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Review: Democratic Left: The Life and Death of a Political Party | Workers Solidarity Movement

Despite Kevin Rafter's relatively high profile this book hasn't got nearly the same amount of attention that Lost Revolution recieved, probably because it's not nearly as good. As the review says, the Rafter book deals exclusively with the leadership of the party and says little about grassroots involvement.

"Kevin Rafter's “Democratic Left: The Life and Death of a Political Party” is a study of its short lifespan from 1992, when it split from the Workers Party (WP), to 1999, when it merged with the Labour Party. As such, it can be seen as a companion piece to Scott Miller and Brian Hanley’s “The Lost Revolution”, a history of the Workers Party. Rafter’s work, however, is somewhat different as it has an academic style, being his PhD thesis, which some may find off-putting. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining read for those with an interest in the dynamics of political organisations."

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