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Andrew Denham, Andrew S. Roe-Crines, and Peter Dorey

How do political parties choose their leaders? Why do they choose the leaders they do? These are questions of fundamental importance in contemporary parliamentary democracies. Reflecting the breadth and diversity of the discipline of political science, the academic literature on this subject ranges from studies of specific leadership contests involving a single party or country on the one hand, to large-scale, comparative studies of developments between countries on the other. In this book, our focus is on a single country, Britain; how its two major parties, Conservative and Labour, have chosen their leaders; and which factors have shaped their choices.

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