The Conservatives in Crisis

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Mark Garnett, Philip Lynch
Manchester University Press, 2003 - Political Science - 272 pages
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"The Conservatives in crisis provides a timely and important analysis of the Conservative Party's spell in opposition following the 1997 general election. It includes chapters by leading academic experts on the party and commentaries by three senior Conservative politicians: Lord Parkinson, Andrew Lansley MP and Ian Taylor MP. Having been the dominant force in British politics in the twentieth century, the Conservative Party suffered its heaviest general election defeats in 1997 and 2001. This book explores the party's current crisis and assesses the Conservatives' failure to mount a political recovery under the leadership of William Hague. The Conservatives in crisis includes a detailed examination of the reform of the Conservative Party organisation, changes in ideology and policy, the party's electoral fortunes, and Hague's record as party leader. It also offers an innovative historical perspective on previous Conservative recoveries and a comparison with the revival of the US Republican Party. In the conclusion the editors assess the failures of the Hague period and examine the party's performance under Iain Duncan Smith. The Conservatives in crisis will be essential reading for students of contemporary British politics"--Publisher's description.
 

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Contents

a comparative analysis
7
Tables
23
lessons for the Conservatives?
29
the leadership gamble of William Hague
49
The Conservative parliamentary party
66
Organisational reform and the extraparliamentary party
82
A question of definition? Ideology and the Conservative Party
107
Conservative policy under Hague Peter Dorey
125
from disaster
164
Nationhood and identity in Conservative politics Philip Lynch
182
so no change there then?
198
Lord Parkinson
217
a party in crisis?
229
the Conservatives in crisis
248
Index
269
Copyright

The Conservatives and Europe 19972001 Philip Lynch
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Mark Garnett is a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Bristol.

Philip Lynch is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester.

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