Fern has well- summarized both the man and his works in this write up.
New Labour, in the form of Geoff Mulgan’s forward strategy unit, flirted with Bauman’s ideas, but found them too downbeat in days when things could only get better. Bauman once assured Tester that “this world of ours needs socialists more than at any other time. Like the phoenix, socialism is reborn from every pile of ashes left day in, day out, by burnt-out human dreams and charred hopes.” Someone else seems to think so. When I contacted Varcoe, he had recently been asked for an introduction to Bauman by a representative of Jacques Delors.