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Democratising Conservative leadership selection: From grey suits to grass roots
     

Democratising Conservative leadership selection: From grey suits to grass roots

by Andrew Denham, Kieron O'Hara
 

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Democratising Conservative leadership selection traces the effects of democracy on the British Conservative Party, specifically looking at how changes in the ways the Conservatives elect their leaders have altered their mandate to lead.

The book includes analysis of the original undemocratic 'system' whereby a leader 'emerged' from a shadowy process of

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Democratising Conservative leadership selection traces the effects of democracy on the British Conservative Party, specifically looking at how changes in the ways the Conservatives elect their leaders have altered their mandate to lead.

The book includes analysis of the original undemocratic 'system' whereby a leader 'emerged' from a shadowy process of consultation, and of the six elections between 1965 and 1997 where the parliamentary Conservative Party alone chose the Party leader. This historical perspective is followed by in-depth analysis of the three contests since 2001 that have taken place under the 'Hague rules', according to which ordinary Party members have the final say. This is the most comprehensive account yet published of the operation of those rules on the Conservative Party and the legitimacy of its leadership, and of the 2005 election of David Cameron.

This book will be essential reading for students, academic specialists and anyone interested in the recent history and contemporary practice of British Conservatism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719078187
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Pages:
240

Meet the Author

Andrew Denham is Reader in Government, University of Nottingham

Kieron O'Hara is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the Web Science Research Initiative

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