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The UK Conservative Party
Statewide context
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This chapter considers the statewide context for changes at the sub-state level. The Conservatives found it extremely difficult to break out of the inheritance of Thatcherism and to accept that the political strategy of the previous 18 years would not necessarily lead them back to power. However, conclusions about party change at the UK level have to be qualified by consideration of the extent to which the party has repackaged and refocused rather than repudiated or replaced policies and attitudes from the past. This chapter analyses how the leaders of the Conservative Party after 1997 (Hague, Duncan Smith, Howard and Cameron) dealt with devolution.

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The territorial Conservative Party

Devolution and party change in Scotland and Wales


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