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The Conservative Party in opposition, 1997–2010
Author: Richard Hayton

Why did it take the Conservative Party so long to recover power? After a landslide defeat in 1997, why was it so slow to adapt, reposition itself and rebuild its support? How did the party leadership seek to reconstruct conservatism and modernise its electoral appeal?

This highly readable book addresses these questions through a contextualised assessment of Conservative Party politics between 1997 and 2010. By tracing the debates over strategy amongst the party elite, and scrutinising the actions of the leadership, it situates David Cameron and his ‘modernising’ approach in relation to that of his three immediate predecessors: Michael Howard, Iain Duncan Smith and William Hague. This holistic view, encompassing this period of opposition in its entirety, aids the identification of strategic trends and conflicts and a comprehension of the evolving Conservative response to New Labour’s statecraft.

Secondly, the book considers in depth four particular dilemmas for contemporary Conservatism: European integration; national identity and the ‘English Question’; social liberalism versus social authoritarianism; and the problems posed by a neo-liberal political economy. The book argues that the ideological legacy of Thatcherism played a central role in framing and shaping these intraparty debates, and that an appreciation of this is vital for explaining the nature and limits of the Conservatives’ renewal under Cameron.

Students of British politics, party politics and ideologies will find this volume essential reading, and it will also be of great interest to anyone concerned with furthering their understanding of contemporary British political history.

How do leading Conservative figures strive to communicate with and influence the electorate? Why have some proven more effective than others in advancing their personal positions and ideological agendas? How do they seek to connect with their audience in different settings, such as the party conference, House of Commons, and through the media?

This book draws analytical inspiration from the Aristotelian modes of persuasion to shine new and insightful light upon the articulation of British conservatism, examining the oratory and rhetoric of twelve key figures from Conservative Party politics. The individual orators featured are Stanley Baldwin, Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan, Iain Macleod, Enoch Powell, Keith Joseph, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Heseltine, John Major, William Hague, Boris Johnson, and David Cameron. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field and explores how its subject attempted to use oratory to advance their agenda within the party and beyond.

This is the first book to analyse Conservative Party politics in this way, and along with its companion volume, Labour Orators from Bevan to Miliband, marks an important new departure in the analysis of British politics. It will be of particular interest to students of Conservative Party politics, conservatism more broadly, British political history, ideologies and party politics, and communication studies.

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Regional party strategies in Europe
Eve Hepburn

3446 Using Europe 16/4/10 12:12 Page 1 1 Introduction: regional party strategies in Europe The last two decades have witnessed tremendous changes to the structure, competences, legislative framework, economy and political systems of EU member states. The twin processes of European integration and decentralisation have resulted in a far-reaching process of spatial rescaling, the full effects of which social scientists are only just beginning to understand. Some scholars have likened the new political structures to a system of ‘multi-level governance’ (Marks

in Using Europe
The League in party politics
Helen McCarthy

government and heir to the Gladstonian legacy in foreign affairs, the LNU was well placed to sell its policy across the political spectrum. The fluidity of party labels and proliferation of cross-party groupings in the 1930s supplied further justification for the non-party strategy and facilitated fruitful conversation across traditional partisan divides. Even if, in the final analysis, party remained the primary route to power and influence, the LNU’s experience proved that non-party bodies could, under certain circumstances, become significant players in the political

in The British people and the League of Nations
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The Conservative Party and electoral failure
Richard Hayton

explain how these were translated into party strategy. As previously noted, a key premise of this research is The Conservative Party and electoral failure 5 that the legacy of Thatcherite conservatism constituted an important aspect of this process. By exploring several notable sites of ideological dispute for Conservatives (Europe, national identity, moral issues and economic policy) the book seeks to uncover how party leaders were both ideologically influenced, and how they sought to manage competing ideological pressures. As such, this research is concerned in

in Reconstructing conservatism?
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The day the Government fell
Timothy Noël Peacock

’s experience as a minority over the course of the Parliament, conditioning the response of those formulating strategy. Additionally, the ‘rational actors’ from different parties did not behave in the way that contemporaries and most minority government theoreticians would have predicted. A particularly noticeable feature is how often notions of fair play, and the intense fears of being seen to ‘cheat’, were present in the dialogues of strategy-makers, including Callaghan. This chapter will reconsider the no confidence vote in an effort to examine both main partiesstrategy

in The British tradition of minority government
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Philip Begley

‘popular capitalism’ emerging during this period which can also be seen in relation to home ownership. The aim of a ‘property-owning democracy’, a long-standing element of Conservative thinking throughout much of the twentieth century which had been revived and updated a number of times, moved more clearly to the centre of party strategy under Thatcher. Its central and ultimately most successful dimension was the sale of council houses to their tenants through an extension of the ‘right to buy’ scheme. Nonetheless, the scheme itself was not new, having emerged during

in The making of Thatcherism
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Territorial party strategies in a multi-level system
Series: Devolution
Author: Eve Hepburn

This book explores how regional political parties use Europe to advance their territorial projects in times of rapid state restructuring. It examines the ways in which decentralisation and supranational integration have encouraged regional parties to pursue their strategies across multiple territorial levels. The book constitutes the first attempt to unravel the complexities of how nationalist and statewide parties manoeuvre around the twin issues of European integration and decentralisation, and exploit the shifting linkages within multi-level political systems. In a detailed comparative examination of three cases—Scotland, Bavaria and Sardinia—over a thirty-year period, it explores how integration has altered the nature of territorial party competition and identifies the limits of Europe for territorial projects. In addressing these issues, this work moves beyond present scholarship on multi-level governance to explain the diversity of regional responses to Europe. It provides insights and empirical research on the conduct of territorial party politics, and a model of territorial mobilisation in Europe.

Matt Perry

incensed Wilkinson. Wilkinson believed that unemployment was ‘Labour’s most terrific argument against the capitalist system. It goes to the very roots of the class struggle.’136 Complementing her sharp critique of the Baldwin administration, Wilkinson sought a change in PLP strategy. After the first minority Labour government, Wilkinson entered parliament via the ‘red letter’ general election, which returned a large Conservative majority. Writing in Lansbury’s Labour Weekly and Plebs, she had definite views on Labour Party strategy. Wilkinson’s association with Lansbury

in ‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson
The Communist Party of Great Britain in the National Union of Mineworkers, 1956–85
Sheryl Bernadette Buckley

The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was a visible presence across many significant trade unions in the post-war period, largely due to its industrial strategy. The party envisaged that politicising the rank and file of important trade unions and also capturing the leadership of these unions would allow it to influence the Labour Party, as these unions held a significant number of votes at Labour's annual conference. This chapter analyses the success of this strategy in the National Union of Mineworkers, a union that became increasingly emblematic of the difficulties trade unions faced in the late twentieth century, particularly obvious through its 1984 strike. This chapter considers the relationship between Communists in the party and those in the union, exploring the extent to which the party's strategy translated into the union in practice, and understanding if there was any conflict between these two groups who occupied distinctly different roles. Unpicking the concept of 'wage militancy', the way through which the party felt politicisation of the union rank and file would best be achieved, the chapter frames this discussion within the broader context of the increasingly divided CPGB, the political and economic policies of Labour and Conservative governments, and the union's national strikes.

in Waiting for the revolution