Narrating One Nation:The Ideology and Rhetoric of the Miliband Labour Party


Speaking at the 2012 Labour Party Conference, Ed Miliband set out his vision of ‘One Nation’. This article maps the core concepts of Labour's ideology and identifies the narratives used to argue for One Nation social security reform. It locates these narratives within Labour's traditions and demonstrates that they coalesce in the leadership persona of Miliband himself. Though an attempt to respond to a populist ‘rhetorical culture’, the article contends that this strategy has created a self‐enclosed ideology that cannot conceive of an audience beyond itself. Labour therefore needs to overcome this solipsism if it is to secure victory in 2015.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Atkins, J. (2015), Ideology, Rhetoric and One Nation Labour. Politics, 35: 19-31, which has been published in final form at  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Publication ISSN: 1467-9256
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Published Date: 2015-02
Published Online Date: 2014-09-23
Authors: Atkins, Judi (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7391-4685)



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