Political Parties in the UK


Author: Alistair Clark
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 0230368689
Category: Political Science
Page: 288
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A systematic and comprehensive introduction to party politics throughout the UK combining chapters on each of the main parties (Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats) with an assessment of the post-devolution party systems of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the EU dimension and the recent Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

The Selection of Political Party Leaders in Contemporary Parliamentary Democracies

A Comparative Study
Author: Jean-Benoit Pilet,William Cross
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317929454
Category: Political Science
Page: 268
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This book explores the ways in which political parties, in contemporary parliamentary democracies, choose their leaders and then subsequently hold them accountable. The authors provide a comprehensive examination of party leadership selection and accountability both through examination of parties and countries in different institutional settings and through a holistic analysis of the role of party leaders and the methods through which they assume, and exit, the office. The collection includes essays on Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Norway and the United Kingdom which have important differences in their party systems, their degree of democratization, the role assigned to party leaders and their methods of leadership selection. Each country examination provides significant data relating to party rules and norms of leadership selection, leadership tenures and leadership contests. The book concludes with a chapter that merges the country data analyses to provide a truly comparative examination of the theoretical questions underlying the volume. This book will be of strong interest to students and scholars of legislative studies, elections, democracy, political parties, party systems, political elites and comparative politics.

Women and British Party Politics

Descriptive, Substantive and Symbolic Representation
Author: Sarah Childs
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134211570
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
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Women and British Party Politics examines the characteristics of women’s participation at the mass and elite level in contemporary British politics; as voters, party members and elected representatives respectively. It explores what this means for ideas about, and the practice of, descriptive, substantive and symbolic representation. The main focus is on the feminization of British party politics - the integration of women into formal political institutions and the integration of women’s concerns and perspectives into political debate and policy - in the post-1997 period. Not only specifically designed to bring together cutting-edge conceptual developments in the sub-discipline of gender and politics, with robust British empirical research, this book also presents reflections on how best to study gender and politics. The empirical findings which are presented through the extensive use of case studies derive from a range of research projects which were undertaken over a period of ten years, and which make use of a variety of research methods and techniques. This book will appeal to all those with an interest in British Politics, Feminism and European Studies; and will provide the reader with an overview of the complex relationship between sex, gender and politics in a conceptually sophisticated fashion.

The British Study of Politics in the Twentieth Century


Author: Jack Hayward,Brian Barry,Archie Brown
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780197262948
Category: History
Page: 528
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A collection of articles about British studies relating to various political issues including: totalitarianism, individualism, pluralism, political parties, elections, political institutions, public administration, nationalism, authoritarianism, and international relations.

Euroscepticism in Contemporary British Politics

Opposition to Europe in the Conservative and Labour Parties since 1945
Author: Anthony Forster
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134445512
Category: Political Science
Page: 168
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Anthony Forster argues that euroscepticism, in addition to being a political stance, displays the seeds of becoming a new faith. Through a detailed analysis of British post-war politics, he shows the development of a core set of beliefs, a history of persecution, displays of moral rectitude in opposing Europe and the power of scepticism to change existing beliefs. This challenging new history of euroscepticism will be a valuable resource for undergraduate students of politics and European studies.

Political Parties in Britain


Author: Matt Cole
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748631127
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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Looks at parties' organisation, policy, support and impact, from the major parties to the localThis introductory textbook examines the factors contributing to parties' fortunes and identities, and the causes of recent changes in both. Parties studied include: * The main parties: Conservatives and Labour * The minor parties: the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Greens* The peripheral parties: the BNP, UKIP, SSP and SLP* Local parties: Kidderminster Health and Hospital Concern, the Morecambe Bay Independents and Mebyon Kernow

Party, State and Society

Electoral Behaviour in Britain Since 1820
Author: Jon Lawrence,Miles Taylor
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781859280461
Category: Political Science
Page: 207
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Essays offering new interpretations of electoral behaviour and political parties in 19th and 20th century Britain

Politics UK


Author: Bill Jones,Philip Norton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317581032
Category: Political Science
Page: 640
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The revised and updated eighth edition of the bestselling textbook Politics UK is an indispensible introduction to British politics. It provides a thorough and accessible overview of the institutions and processes of British government, a good grounding in British political history and an incisive introduction to the issues facing Britain today. With contributed chapters from respected scholars in the field and contemporary articles on real-world politics from well-known political commentators, this textbook is an essential guide for students of British politics. The eighth edition welcomes brand new material from eight new contributors to complement the rigorously updated and highly valued chapters retained from the previous edition. The eighth edition includes: · Britain in context boxes offering contrasting international perspectives of themes in British politics. · A comprehensive 'who's who' of politics in the form of Profile boxes featuring key political figures. · And another thing ... pieces: short articles written by distinguished commentators including Jonathan Powell, Michael Moran and Mark Garnett. · Fully updated chapters plus new material providing excellent coverage of contemporary political events including: The Leveson Inquiry, the aftermath of the 2011 riots and the House of Lords reform. · A vibrant and accessible new design to excite and engage students as the work through a variety of political topics. · A new epilogue to the book offering a critical perspective of the trials and tribulations of the Coalition Government, including an overview of the major differences that divide the coalition partners.

Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies


Author: Petr Kopecký,Peter Mair,Maria Spirova
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199599378
Category: Political Science
Page: 415
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Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies brings together insights from the worlds of party politics and public administration in order to analyze the role of political parties in public appointments across contemporary Europe. Based on an extensive new data gathered through expert interviews in fifteen European countries, this book offers the first systematic comparative assessment of the scale of party patronage and its role in sustaining modern party governments. Among the key findings are: First, patronage appointments tend to be increasingly dominated by the party in public office rather than being used or controlled by the party organization outside parliament. Second, rather than using appointments as rewards, as used to be the case in more clientelistic systems in the past, parties are now more likely to emphasize appointments that can help them to manage the infrastructure of government and the state. In this way patronage becomes an organizational rather than an electoral resource. Third, patronage appointments are increasingly sourced from channels outside of the party, thus helping to make parties look increasingly like network organizations, primarily constituted by their leaders and their personal and political hinterlands. Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.essex.ac.uk/ecpr The Comparative Politics series is edited by Professor David M. Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Kenneth Carty, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and Professor Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Institute of Political Science, Philipps University, Marburg.

The Left Party in Contemporary German Politics


Author: Dan Hough,M. Koß,Jonathan Olsen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230592147
Category: Political Science
Page: 214
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This is the first book in either English or German to analyse the development of Germany's newest political party, the Left Party. It compares and contrasts the party's development with that of Germany's most well-known outsider party - the Greens. It also analyses the party's performance in office in two eastern German Länder.

Speaking for the People

Party, Language and Popular Politics in England, 1867-1914
Author: Jon Lawrence
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521893664
Category: History
Page: 304
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A 1998 study of British political culture and the popular appeal of Liberal, Tory, and Labour politics, from 1867 to 1914.

Sex, Gender and the Conservative Party

From Iron Lady to Kitten Heels
Author: S. Childs,P. Webb
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 023035422X
Category: Political Science
Page: 299
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As leader of the Conservative party, David Cameron inherited a multi-faceted gender problem: only 17 women MPs; an unhappy women's organization; electorally uncompetitive policies 'for women'; and a party which was seemingly unattractive to women voters. This book is an account of the feminization of the party since 2005.

Debates in British Politics Today


Author: Lynton J. Robins,Bill Jones
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719057014
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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The contents focus directly on the dynamics of political argument in order to reveal how rival politicians and political scientists practice their persuasive art. Each contributor explores a disputed viewpoint, showing how differences of attitude and ideology structure the contemporary debate. Students should learn how an argument is constructed and develop the skills necessary for separating rhetoric from political reality. Further guidance is provided by summary boxes and suggested additional reading.

Politics and Governance in the UK


Author: Michael Moran
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137365986
Category: Political Science
Page: 448
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This thoroughly revised third edition of a much praised, comprehensive text on British politics and governance takes into account developments up to and including the 2015 General Election and reflects on the recent upheavals in Britain's constitutional settlement.

The Formation of National Party Systems

Federalism and Party Competition in Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States
Author: Pradeep Chhibber,Ken Kollman
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400826377
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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Pradeep Chhibber and Ken Kollman rely on historical data spanning back to the eighteenth century from Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States to revise our understanding of why a country's party system consists of national or regional parties. They demonstrate that the party systems in these four countries have been shaped by the authority granted to different levels of government. Departing from the conventional focus on social divisions or electoral rules in determining whether a party system will consist of national or regional parties, they argue instead that national party systems emerge when economic and political power resides with the national government. Regional parties thrive when authority in a nation-state rests with provincial or state governments. The success of political parties therefore depends on which level of government voters credit for policy outcomes. National political parties win votes during periods when political and economic authority rests with the national government, and lose votes to regional and provincial parties when political or economic authority gravitates to lower levels of government. This is the first book to establish a link between federalism and the formation of national or regional party systems in a comparative context. It places contemporary party politics in the four examined countries in historical and comparative perspectives, and provides a compelling account of long-term changes in these countries. For example, the authors discover a surprising level of voting for minor parties in the United States before the 1930s. This calls into question the widespread notion that the United States has always had a two-party system. In fact, only recently has the two-party system become predominant.

Political Parties and Democracy

Contemporary Western Europe and Asia
Author: Takashi Inoguchi,Jean Blondel
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 113727719X
Category: Political Science
Page: 243
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The role of political parties in a democracy is often under scrutiny. Rhetoric crying for more effective, thoughtful, or representative democracy often lacks data to back up its claims. This book provides readers with a wealth of empirical detail: a refreshing and meticulous examination of political parties in ten democracies in Western Europe and East and Southeast Asia. This analysis aims to provide skeptics and supporters of political parties alike with a down-to-earth, empirical examination of the future of political parties and democracy in a century of globalization.

Interpreting the Labour Party

Approaches to Labour Politics and History
Author: John Callaghan,Steve Fielding,Steve Ludlam
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719067198
Category: History
Page: 210
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This publication consists of 12 essays on the principal thinkers and schools of thought concerned with the political and historical development of the Labour Party and Labour movement. It is an examination of the major methodologies and approaches in Labour studies and a critical evaluation and appreciation of much of the most interesting scholarship in this area of study. The essays have been written by contributors who have devoted many years to the study of the Labour Party, the trade union movement and the various ideologies associated with them.

Cameron and the Conservatives

The Transition to Coalition Government
Author: Timothy Heppell,David Seawright
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230314104
Category: Political Science
Page: 268
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Specialists in Conservative Party politics examine the effectiveness of the Cameron led coalition. The contributors examine Cameron as leader and Prime Minister; the Conservatives' modernization strategy; the level of ideological coherence in "liberal conservatism"; and the impact of the coalition on a range of policy areas and on "New" Labour.