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The Conservatives since 1945: The Drivers of Party Change

Tim Bale


What do we really mean when we say a political party has changed? And exactly what is it that drives that change? Political scientists working in the comparative tradition have come up with a general explanation that revolves around the role of election defeats and loss of office, and around changes of leader and factions. But how well does that explanation cope when subjected to a historically-grounded and therefore robust examination? This book attempts to answer that question by subjecting the common wisdom to a real-world, over-time test using half a century in the life of one of the world ... More

Keywords: Conservative Party, political parties, party change, party organisation, party policy, government, opposition, elections, leaders, factions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199234370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Bale, author
Professor of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London