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The Conservatives since 1945 [electronic resource] : the drivers of party change /
Tim Bale.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
description
xii, 372 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
019923437X, 9780199234370
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Book
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
isbn
019923437X
9780199234370
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
1. Introduction -- 2. Disaster and deliverance: 1945-1951 -- 3. Anxiety, appeasement, affluence - and after: 1951-1964 -- 4. Amateur to professional: 1964-1970 -- 5. Betrayal: 1970-1974 -- 6. Confrontation to consensus: 1974-1979 -- 7. Messiah to meltdown: 1979-1997 -- 8. Conclusion.
abstract
This text is about how and why parties in general, and the Conservative Party in particular, make changes to the face they present to the electorate, the way they organise themselves, and the policies they come up with. It is an in-depth but comprehensive study based on original archival sources.
catalogue key
9976818
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-360) and index.
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A book of the highest quality ... significantly different from the existing books on twentieth or post-war Conservative history ... Academics will find the book has considerable academic depth through its engagement with a diverse range of sources and approaches. However, the general reader who is interested in politics and parties, can engage with the analysis as it is jargon free. [The book] seeks to interest the reader by communicating in an accessible way. This is to becommended and many political scientists could learn from Bale and abandon their convoluted methodologies and tortuous prose that serve to alienate rather than educate. Above all else, this is a book that will be of tremendous value to students of the Conservative Party and British political history generallyfor many decades.
Bale operates in the terrain between history and politics, testing models drawn from political science against thickly descriptive historical examples. This refreshingly interdisciplinary approach has established him as one of the leading scholars of modern Conservatism, whose work can be read with profit by general readers and scholars from both disciplines.
The British Conservative party is one of the most successful political parties in the world. This detailed monograph provides an illuminating analysis of its drivers of change during the period 1945-1997 ... The author makes extensive use of primary archival sources as well as synthesising secondary material. The analysis is rigorous: most points are made with supporting evidence from a multiplicity of sources.
[The Conservatives Since 1945] crosses disciplinary boundaries - testing the findings of political science against rigorous historical investigation remarkably comprehensive and persuasive [Bale] has the unusual gift of presenting a forensic analysis in compelling prose.
The Conservatives since 1945, examines the motors of change within the party at every level from the high politics of leadership and factional dominance to the minutiae of party organisation ... The book is rich in surprises.
The Conservatives since 1945 is a rich, historical analysis which seeks to address pressing questions relevant to all parties today ... The book thus constitutes an extremely valuable addition to the academic literature, opening the door to further avenues for discussion which would provide important practical lessons for politicians and parties, not just academics.
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Summaries
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This text is about how and why parties in general, and the Conservative Party in particular, make changes to the face they present to the electorate, the way they organise themselves, and the policies they come up with. It is an in-depth but comprehensive study based on original archival sources.
Long Description
What do we really mean when we say a political party has changed? And exactly what is it that drives that change? Political scientists working in the comparative tradition have come up with a general explanation that revolves around the role of election defeats and loss of office, and around changes of leader and factions. But how well does that explanation cope when subjected to a historically-grounded and therefore robust examination? This book tries to answer that question bysubjecting the common wisdom to a real-world, over-time test using one of the world's oldest and most successful political parties as an in-depth case study. What do the periods spent in both opposition and government by the British Conservatives since 1945 tell us about what drives parties tochange their sales-force, the way they organize, and the policies they come up with? Using internal papers, memos and minutes of meetings from party archives, along with historical and contemporary accounts, memoirs and interviews, this book maps the extent of change and then explores what may have driven it. The conventional wisdom, it turns out, is not necessarily wrong but incomplete, requiring both qualification and supplementation. This approachably-written book suggests when, how, andwhy. Along the way, it provides a fresh and comprehensive account of the Conservative Party that should appeal equally to those interested in political history and those interested in political science.
Main Description
What do we really mean when we say a political party has changed? And exactly what is it that drives that change? Political scientists working in the comparative tradition have come up with a general explanation that revolves around the role of election defeats and loss of office, and aroundchanges of leader and factions. But how well does that explanation cope when subjected to a historically-grounded and therefore robust examination? This book tries to answer that question by subjecting the common wisdom to a real-world, over-time test using one of the world's oldest and mostsuccessful political parties as an in-depth case study. What do the periods spent in both opposition and government by the British Conservatives since 1945 tell us about what drives parties to change their sales-force, the way they organize, and the policies they come up with? Using internal papers, memos and minutes of meetings from party archives,along with historical and contemporary accounts, memoirs and interviews, this book maps the extent of change and then explores what may have driven it. The conventional wisdom, it turns out, is not necessarily wrong but incomplete, requiring both qualification and supplementation. Thisapproachably-written book suggests when, how, and why. Along the way, it provides a fresh and comprehensive account of the Conservative Party that should appeal equally to those interested in political history and those interested in political science.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. x
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Disaster and Deliverance: 1945-1951p. 13
Anxiety, Appeasement, Affluence-and After: 1951-1964p. 50
Amateur to Professional: 1964-1970p. 102
Betrayal: 1970-1974p. 152
Confrontation and Consensus: 1974-1979p. 185
Messiah to Meltdown: 1979-1997p. 244
Conclusionp. 297
Notesp. 319
Indexp. 361
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