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British General Elections Since 1964: Diversity, Dealignment, and Disillusion

David Denver and Mark Garnett


Despite a recent decline in voter turnout, British general elections are still the centrepiece of Britain's liberal democracy and their results make a real difference to every British citizen. They command strong media interest long before their dates are announced and even uneventful campaigns dominate the headlines. The 2010 general election saw the first direct televised debates between the main party leaders, adding further interest to a battle which was always likely to be close. The result was a ‘hung parliament’ and the first British coalition government since 1945. However, as this boo ... More

Keywords: voter turnout, British general elections, liberal democracy, televised debates, party leaders, hung parliament, coalition government, party loyalties, election campaigns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199673322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Denver, author
Emeritus Professor of Politics, Lancaster University

Mark Garnett, author
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University