British Political Parties Today / Edition 2

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Combines historical analysis with a sharp commentary upon the modern political scene. Reflects the key, recent developments in British Party Politics, such as the 1997 general election, 'New Labour' and the emergence of William Hague as Conservative Party leader. A welcome new second edition of a successful text. Tailored to the demands of A Level and Undergraduate students.
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The second edition has been restructured to account for important changes such as the resurgence of the Labour party, the crisis within the Conservative party, and the consolidation of support for the Liberal Democrats and the two nationalist parties. Topics include the parties' programs and Britain's political culture; the organization, membership, and authority (as well as theory) of the Conservative and Labor parties; the center of British party politics; the parties of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; the problem of party finance; parties and voters; and whether parties make a difference. Distributed by St. Martins Press. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719051050
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Politics Today
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Garner lectures in Politics at the University of Leicester

Richard Kelly teaches Politics at The Manchester Grammar School

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why do parties exist?

1. The culture of British party politics

2. The party system

3. The Conservatives: theory and practice

4. The Conservatives: organisation, membership and authority

5. The Labour Party: theory and practice

6. The Labour Party: organisation, membership and authority

7. The centre parties

8. The parties of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (by Michael Cunningham)

9. The 'problem' of party finance

10. Parties and voters

Conclusion: are parties amking a difference?

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