The purpose of this colloquium, scheduled for 3-4 May 2007,is to examine the evolution of political discourse in the United Kingdom and the United States since 1992. That year saw elections in both countries: the Americans voted for change with Bill Clinton and the Democrats; the British supported the status quo by keeping John Major and the Conservatives in power. But the following years saw a reversal, for Labour came to power in 1997 under Tony Blair while the Republicans returned under George W. Bush in 2000. Can we see change or a continuation of the status quo in these developments?
Many people have argued that the slide toward the center by the Democrats and Labour has put an end to ideology and to an authentic Left. Others see in it the triumph of the Right. Can one still talk of Right and Left? Or is the Left (as defined in earlier periods) dead? If not, what is the difference between Left and Right?
We will be examinig this question in relation to four large topics: foreign policy and terrorism; politics and gender; public/social housing; and race and ethnicity. Is there a real oposition between Left and Right on these questions? And what are the differences between the two countries? In spite of the historical and cultural links between the two countries, their geographic position and their relative power indicate that their experiences have not been the same. Our goal is to have a truly comparative study of the two countries.
Proposals for papers (in English or French) should be sent before 31 December 2006 to Lori Maguire, firstname.lastname@example.org; Laurence Gervais-Linon, email@example.com or Susan Ball, firstname.lastname@example.org
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