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The Liberal Democrats / edited by D.N. MacIver.

Contributor(s): MacIver, D. N., (Don N.), 1940-Material type: TextTextPublication details: London : Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1996. ISBN: 0132278022Subject(s): Liberal Democrats | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-DDC classification: 324.24106
Partial contents:
Introduction: The Liberal Democrats in British politics -- 1. Liberals to Liberal Democrats / John Stevenson -- 2. The Liberal tradition / Michael Steed -- 3. Liberal Democrat thought / Tudor Jones -- 4. Liberal Democrat policy / Duncan Brack -- 5. Party organisation / Stephen Ingle -- 6. Party members / Lynn Bennie, John Curtice and Wolfgang Rudig -- 7. Factions and groups / Vincent McKee -- 8. Political strategy / Don MacIver -- 9. Who votes for the centre now? / John Curtice -- 10. The electoral record / Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher -- 11. Power in the balance / Michael Temple -- Appendix: Peamble to the Constitution of the Liberal Democrats.
Summary: New parties in British politics are unusual and successful new parties even more so. This book explains how the Liberal Democrats have established themselves and provides a comprehensive account of their role in British politics today. In particular it discusses the Liberal Democrats' political tradition and philosophy and how this has influenced their approach to contemporary politics. It gives a full description of the organisation and membership based on the most recent research. It examines the track record of the party, including its political strategy, electoral fortunes and experience in local government. Up-to-date assessments of the future prospects of the party are included. At a point when the future course and structure of British party politics remain uncertain and there is again talk of a hung parliament and coalitions, the appearance of this book is timely. It will be of considerable interest to political practitioners and commentators as well as the general reader, and useful to students of politics at all levels, including post-graduates.
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Bibliography: p247-253. - Includes index.

Introduction: The Liberal Democrats in British politics -- 1. Liberals to Liberal Democrats / John Stevenson -- 2. The Liberal tradition / Michael Steed -- 3. Liberal Democrat thought / Tudor Jones -- 4. Liberal Democrat policy / Duncan Brack -- 5. Party organisation / Stephen Ingle -- 6. Party members / Lynn Bennie, John Curtice and Wolfgang Rudig -- 7. Factions and groups / Vincent McKee -- 8. Political strategy / Don MacIver -- 9. Who votes for the centre now? / John Curtice -- 10. The electoral record / Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher -- 11. Power in the balance / Michael Temple -- Appendix: Peamble to the Constitution of the Liberal Democrats.

New parties in British politics are unusual and successful new parties even more so. This book explains how the Liberal Democrats have established themselves and provides a comprehensive account of their role in British politics today. In particular it discusses the Liberal Democrats' political tradition and philosophy and how this has influenced their approach to contemporary politics. It gives a full description of the organisation and membership based on the most recent research. It examines the track record of the party, including its political strategy, electoral fortunes and experience in local government. Up-to-date assessments of the future prospects of the party are included. At a point when the future course and structure of British party politics remain uncertain and there is again talk of a hung parliament and coalitions, the appearance of this book is timely. It will be of considerable interest to political practitioners and commentators as well as the general reader, and useful to students of politics at all levels, including post-graduates.

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