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‘Introduction and Overview‘

Paul Whiteley, Patrick Seyd and Antony Billinghurst

in Third Force Politics

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199242825
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242828.003.0001
‘Introduction and Overview‘

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief history of the British Liberal Democrat Party, followed by an examination of the evolution of its policy goals over time. The Liberal Democrat Party was founded in 1988 from a merger of two hitherto independent but allied parties: the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party. The former had existed in different forms for more than 300 years, whereas the latter emerged from a split in the Labour Party in 1981. An overview of the chapters included in this volume is presented.

Keywords: British Liberal Democrat Party; Social Democratic Party; Labour Party; policy

Chapter.  7045 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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