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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Political Parties in the UK

ISBN 9780230242494
Publication Date March 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Contemporary Political Studies

A systematic and comprehensive introduction to party politics throughout the UK combining chapters on each of the main parties (Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats) with an assessment of the post-devolution party systems of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the EU dimension and the recent Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

ALISTAIR CLARK Lecturer in Politics at Newcastle University, UK. He is a former winner of the PSA's Arthur McDougall Prize.

Introduction: The Development of the UK Party System.- The Role of Political Parties in the UK.- The Conservative Party.- The Labour Party.- The Liberal Democrats.- Beyond the Mainstream.- The UK's 'Multi-Level' Party Systems.- Parties and the Media.- Developments in Party Organization and Funding.- Party Campaigns and Elections.- Conclusion: Political Parties in the UK.


This is... a model of what an undergraduate text should be like but also consistently interesting and informative for those who want to find out about the current state of the parties and the party system in Britain... This book should immediately be included in reading lists for courses on UK politics.' - David Denver, Local Government Studies
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