Sociologist, local councillor, activist from Malta

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Malta's Labour Party and the Politics of Hegemony - academic paper

My academic paper 'Malta's Labour Party and the Politics of Hegemony' has been published in the peer-reviewed academic journal

'Socialism and Democracy', Volume 24 Issue 2, 213, published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis)

Link - click here.

(paper can be purchased online)

This paper analyzes the successes and failures of Malta's Labour Party since independence (1964), giving due attention to variables such the economy, class structure, politics, ideology and international factors. Particular emphasis will be given to factors such as Malta's dual-party dominance, patronage and Catholic influence. I argue that the Labour Party has failed to be hegemonic since the 1970s, and that its current strategy of politics without adversaries is akin to convenient alliance-building for electoral purposes, rather than to the construction of a hegemonic formation for social change.

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