9780719066016

Neither Left Nor Right?

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  • ISBN13:

    9780719066016

  • ISBN10:

    0719066018

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Summary

This book provides a comprehensive account of the nature of Liberal Democrat electoral politics in contemporary Britain, and explores the specific challenges facing the Liberal Democrats in their struggle for identity, distinctiveness and votes, as well as examining the different layers of the party in terms of structure, strategy and representation. It provides a detailed history of the party, from the grassroots to the leadership and considers the anatomy of the party's vote. A series of eight case studies highlight how the Liberal Democrats continue to operate differently in various contexts, geographies, and against political opponents and demonstrates how local strategies were adopted in the 1997 and 2001 general elections.

Author Biography

Andrew Russell is Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Manchester.

Edward Fieldhouse is Deputy Director of the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester.

Table of Contents

List of tables
vi
List of figures
viii
Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1(14)
PART I The party history and organisation
15(72)
Liberal history: from Whigs to Liberal Democrats
16(19)
The Liberal Democrats and contemporary politics
35(18)
The party machine: the organisational structure of the Liberal Democrats
53(14)
Dual identities: grassroots versus leadership elite
67(20)
PART II The Liberal Democrats and the electorate
87(90)
The profile of Liberal support
88(26)
Sympathy and support for the Liberal Democrat agenda
114(29)
The geography of Liberal Democrat support
143(34)
PART III Party strategy
177(74)
Neither left nor right but forward? The electoral strategy of the Liberal Democrats, 1997--2001
178(21)
From votes to seats: making votes count
199(16)
Lib-Dem campaigns in 2001: the case studies
215(36)
Conclusion: the Liberal Democrats and the electorate 251(10)
References 261(8)
Index 269

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