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Conservative CenturyThe Conservative Party since 1900$
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Anthony Seldon and Stuart Ball

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202387.001.0001

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The Party, Industry, and the City

The Party, Industry, and the City

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Conservative Century


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This chapter unravels the complex relationship between the party, industry, and the City on both theoretical and practical levels. It creates a model of perpetual competition between the three forces in the course of addressing three questions: whose values predominated, who influenced whom at the critical stages, and to what extent the Conservative Party was successful in its long-term aim of modernizing the economy. The chapter demonstrates that neither industry nor the City succeeded in capturing the party, which maintained a certain distance from both throughout. Nevertheless, although the relationship was not always as close as opponents alleged or as the bankers and manufacturers would have desired, there existed deep channels of communication and shared interests between the party and these heartlands of Conservative opinion and support.

Keywords:   party, industry, city, Conservative Party, modernization, economy

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