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New Left Review

New Left Review
Editor-in-chief Susan Watkins
Categories Politics
Frequency Bimonthly
First issue 1960 (1960)
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
ISSN 0028-6060
OCLC number 1605213

The New Left Review is a bimonthly political magazine covering world politics, economy, and culture. It was established in 1960. In 2003, the magazine ranked 12th by impact factor on a list of the top 20 political science journals in the world.[1] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 1.485, ranking it 25th out of 157 journals in the category "Political Science"[2] and 10th out of 92 journals in the category "Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary".[3]


  • History 1
    • Background 1.1
    • Establishment 1.2
  • Current status 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5



As part of the British "New Left" a number of new journals emerged to carry commentary on matters of Marxist theory. One of these was The Reasoner, a magazine established by historians E. P. Thompson and John Saville in July 1956.[4] A total of three quarterly issues was produced.[4] This publication was expanded and further developed from 1957 through 1959 as The New Reasoner, with an additional ten issues being produced.[4]

Another radical journal of the period was Universities and Left Review, a publication established in 1957 with less of a sense of allegiance to the British communist tradition.[4] This publication was more youth-oriented and pacifist in orientation, expressing opposition to the militaristic rhetoric of the Cold War, voicing strong opposition to the Suez War of 1956, and support for the emerging Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.[4]


New Left Review was established in January 1960 when The New Reasoner and Universities and Left Review merged their boards.[5] The first editor-in-chief of the merged publication was Stuart Hall.[5] The early publication's style, featuring illustrations on the cover and in the interior layout, was more irreverent and free-flowing than later issues of the publication, which tended to be of a more somber, academic bent.[4] Hall was succeeded as editor in 1962 by Perry Anderson.[5]

Current status

Since 2008, the magazine has followed the economic crisis as well as its global political repercussions. An essay by Wolfgang Streeck (issue 71) was called "the most powerful description of what has gone wrong in western societies" by the Financial Times‍ '​s contributor Christopher Caldwell.[6]


  1. ^ Erne, Roland (2007). "On the use and abuse of bibliometric performance indicators: A critique of Hix's 'global ranking of political science departments'".  
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Political Science". 2012  
  3. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary". 2012  
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Ian Birchall: The autonomy of theory - A short history of "New Left Review" (Autumn 1980)". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  5. ^ a b c "History". New Left Review. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  6. ^ Christopher Caldwell, "The protests failed but capitalism is still in the dock," Financial Times 19 November 2011.

Further reading

  • Birchall, Ian, "New Left Review: The Search for Theory", International Socialism, 2007
  • Blackledge, Paul (2004). Perry Anderson, Marxism and the New Left. Merlin Press.
  • Collini, Stefan. "A Life in Politics: The New Left Review at 50" The Guardian, February 13, 2010.
  • Lin, Chun (1993). The British New Left. Edinburgh University Press.  
  • Saval, Nikil. "On The New Left Review" n+1, October 6, 2009.
  • Thompson, Duncan (2007). Pessimism of the Intellect? A History of New Left Review. Merlin Press.

External links

  • Online archive, New Left homepage
  • Archive of ContentsThe New Reasoner, Amiel Melburn Trust Internet Archive,
  • Text of the March 1993 resignation of the majority of the editorial committee.
  • Archive of ContentsUniversities & Left Review, Amiel Melburn Trust Internet Archive,
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