Centralisers versus Dispersers
In a columm for Prospect I argued along similar lines, that "On the one side stand those for whom the economic crisis demonstrates the need for a more muscular state; on the other, a diverse group who want to use the state to give more power to individuals."
Of course this divide is not new. GDH Cole, as Collins points out, distinguished between the 'federalisers' who want to spread power and the 'centralisers' who want to hoard it to the state. In his 1958 book The New Liberal Democracy, liberal leader Jo Grimond separated the 'liberals' and 'authoritarians' in both parties.
Grimond hoped that the Labour party would split, allowing the radical liberals to be reunited with the liberal party. It didn't work out like that, of course. Grimond ended up being attracted to early Thatcherism as the best bet for smashing the paternalist institutions of the state - but that didn't work out either.
There are politicians who think power should rest with people, and those who think it should reside with institutions. Here's a test: can you imagine a party containing Jon Cruddas, James Purnell and Michael Gove? I can.