Postwar British Politics in Perspective

Author: David Marsh,Jim Buller,Colin Hay,Jim Johnston,Peter Kerr,Stuart McAnulla,Matthew Watson

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745620305

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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This broad-ranging and original text provides an accessible introduction to British politics since 1945, challenging many well-established orthodoxies.

Postwar British Politics

From Conflict to Consensus

Author: Peter Kerr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134571526

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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This book offers a fresh view of postwar British politics, very much at odds to the dominant view in contemporary scholarship. The author argues that postwar British politics, up to and including the Blair Government, can be largely characterised in terms of continuity and a gradual evolution from a period of conflict over the primary aims of government strategy to one of recent relative consensus. This book provides a provocative and challenging account of the historical background to the election of the Blair Government and will be of interest to a wide audience.

Thatcherism and British Politics

The End of Consensus?

Author: Dennis Kavanagh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198275218

Category: Political Science

Page: 334

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Mrs Thatcher has cited the breaking of the post-war political consensus, established with the support of dominant groups in the Conservative and Labour parties, as one of her objectives. In this penetrating study of her style and performance, she emerges as both the midwife and the product of the collapse of consensus. Mrs Thatcher has cited the breaking of the post-war political consensus, established with the support of dominant groups in the Conservative andLabour parties, as one of her objectives. In this penetrating study of her style and performance, she emerges both as the midwife of the collapse of consensus and also as its product.

The Political Economy of New Labour

Labouring Under False Pretences?

Author: Colin Hay

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719054822

Category: Political Science

Page: 242

View: 442


This text is an analysis of the emergence of New Labour from the electoral wilderness to government. It will be of interest to students, academic journalists and policy makers in Britain and North America.

Land Based Air Power or Aircraft Carriers?

A Case Study of the British Debate about Maritime Air Power in the 1960s

Author: Dr Gjert Lage Dyndal

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 140948310X

Category: History

Page: 230

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During the 1960s - in the midst of its retreat from empire - the British government had to grapple with complex political and military problems in order to find a strategic defence policy that was both credible and affordable. Addressing what was perhaps the most contentious issue within those debates, this book charts the arguments that raged between supporters of a land based air power strategy, and those who favoured aircraft carriers. Drawing upon a wealth of previously classified documents, the book reveals how the Admiralty and Air Ministry became interlocked in a bitter political struggle over which of their military strategies could best meet Britain's future foreign policy challenges. Whilst the broad story of this inter-service rivalry is well known - the Air Force's proposal for a series of island based airfields, and the Navy championing of a small number of expensive but mobile aircraft carriers - the complexity and previous lack of archival sources means that it has, until now, only ever been partially researched and understood. Former studies have largely focused on the cancellation of the CVA-01 carrier programme, and offered little depth as regards the Royal Air Force perspectives. Given that this was a two-Service rivalry, which greatly influenced many aspects of British foreign and defence policy decisions of the period, this book presents an important and balanced overview of the complex issues involved. Through this historical study of the British debate about maritime air power and strategic alternatives in the 1960s, the detailed arguments used for and against both alternatives demonstrate clear relevance to both historical and contemporary conceptual debates on carrier forces and land-based air power. Both from military strategy and inter-service relationship perspectives, contemporary Britain and many other nations with maritime forces may learn much from this historical case.

Cameron and the Conservatives

The Transition to Coalition Government

Author: T. Heppell,D. Seawright

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230367488

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

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Specialists in Conservative Party politics examine the effectiveness of the Cameron led coalition. The contributors examine Cameron as leader and Prime Minister; the Conservatives' modernisation strategy; the level of ideological coherence in 'liberal conservatism'; and the impact of the coalition on a range of policy areas and on 'New' Labour.

Leaders of the Opposition

From Churchill to Cameron

Author: T. Heppell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230369006

Category: Political Science

Page: 282

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Timothy Heppell brings together a renowned group of contributors to consider the role of the Leader of the Opposition in British Politics. The book argues that the neglect of opposition studies needs to be addressed, especially given the increasing importance attached to the performance the Leader of the Opposition in the British political system.

Design and Cultural Politics in Postwar Britain

The "Britain Can Make It" Exhibition of 1946

Author: Patrick Maguire,Jonathan Woodham

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780718501419

Category: Art

Page: 255

View: 4843


Nine essays and a collection of documents intended as a working tool for students of the post-war period and in particular of design within the period. They discuss the textiles, pottery, and furniture industries in terms of the shifts in meaning and location during the transition from highly controlled wartime production to the more market-based structure that would become characteristic after the immediate reconstruction. Among the specific topics are the place of the exhibition in the history of design; patriotism, politics, and production; adapting utility furniture to peace-time production; and aesthetic idealism and economic reality. Distributed in the US by Books International. The CiP data shows the main title as Popular Politics and Design in Post-War Britain. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

British Political Parties Today

Author: Robert Garner,Richard Kelly

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719051050

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 6632


This important new book, one of the first to reflect the 1997 election result and its effects, reassesses the major political parties in Britain--their ideals, organizations, finances, electoral prospects and the effect they have upon British society. The authors begin by clarifying the functions of political parties, before examining their policies and the extent to which there is a consensus in modern British politics. The shifting nature of Britain's party system is then dissected, before a much closer look is taken at the structure, leadership and membership of Britain's three major parties. A separate chapter also inspects the parties of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, offering a fresh perspective on their priorities and internal organization. Although the book has a strong historical content, it also takes a sharp look at British politics under the new Labor government, while considering the state of the Tory party under William Hague. The likely effect of a more intrusive European Union is also embraced.

British Politics since 1945

Author: Peter Dorey

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631190752

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

View: 9164


British Politics since 1945 offers a comprehensive overview of postwar British politics ideal for introductory students and general readers alike. The book balances a narrative of the major events and personalities of the postwar political scene with a critical assessment of the recurrent issues and concerns of political debate. It also analyses the main idealogical perspectives operating within party politics since the Second Wolrd War - from the Right, the Centre and the Left - showing how these dominant groups have viewed developments and expressed their ambitions over the last fifty years. Succinct chronological account complemented with critical, thematic assessment of ideas Covers central topic on all introductory politics and postwar history Extensive use of tabular material, and appendices for reference