Party, Parliament and Personality: Essays Presented to Hugh Berrington

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This is a collection of essays on political psychology commissioned to commemorate the retirement of Hugh Berrington and to celebrate his contribution to the field, the authors comprise some of the best known names in Political Science in the UK, including Ivor Crewe, Vincent Wright, David Hine and Iain McLean. The central focus of the volume is British Politics, but the book also contains a number of comparative chapters including David Hine's on the political psychology of corruption, which focuses on Italy. The book also contains theoretical chapters, including Albert Weale's on the central nature of disagreement in democratic politics. The bulk of the chapters are concerned with the psychology of individual political actors, but there is also a chapter on the psychology of individual political theorists, which focuses on Thomas Hobbes and Jean Jacques Rousseau.

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Pivoting on the role of personality in practical politics and perhaps in political theory as well, a dozen essays treat such topics as democracy and disagreement, the European issue in British party politics, the industrial privatization programs of Britain and France, issues of conscience, and Parliamentary sovereignty and public opinion. One of the essays is an appreciation of political scientist Berrington on his retirement from his long-held chair at the University of Newcastle. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415115261
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 Hugh Berrington: a profile and an appreciation 11
3 Democracy and disagreement 22
4 The awkward art of reconciliation 42
5 Loyalists and defectors: the SDP breakaway from the parliamentary Labour Party 1981-2 61
6 'The poison'd chalice': the European issue in British party politics 84
7 The Industrial privatisation programmes of Britain and France: the impact of political and institutional factors 99
8 Backbench opinion revisited 121
9 Members of Parliament and issues of conscience 141
10 Parliamentary sovereignty and public opinion 165
11 Party, personality and law: the political culture of Italian corruption 180
12 Psychology and political theory: does personality make a difference? 203
Bibliography of Hugh Berrington's writings 227
Index 230
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