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The Work of Politics: Conversation with Neil Kinnock, former Head of the Labour Party of Great Britain; 3/9/94 by Harry Kreisler.

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation on International Affairs. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Neil Kinnock, member of the British Parliament and former leader of the Labour Party of Great Britain.

  1. Background ... influence of parents, grandparents ... joining the Labour Party
  2. Being a Politician ... understanding constituents ... the media ... book learning vs. experience ... political compromise
  3. Left-of-Center Politics ... tight budget era ... equitable distribution of necessary services ... consequences of societal interdependence ... political inertia ... beyond idealism
  4. International Issues ... collapse of communism and Democratic Socialist response ... globalist vs. nationalist sentiments ... pragmatic arguments
  5. Conclusion ... advice to students

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