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 Although the book has a strong historical content, it also takes a sharp look at British politics under the new Labor government, while considering the state of the Tory party under William Hague.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.The Alford index is calculated by subtracting Laboura#39;s share of the non-manual vote from its share of the vote among manual workers. a#39;Absolute class voting is the proportion of voters supporting their a#39;naturala#39; class party. Sources: D. Denver.
|Title||:||British Political Parties Today|
|Author||:||Robert Garner, Richard Kelly|
|Publisher||:||Manchester University Press - 1998-06-15|