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:

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This chapter examines the political prospects of the Liberal Democrat Party. The big question is whether or not it can replace its rivals as the second, or even the first, party of British electoral politics. It begins with an analysis of the necessary conditions for the Liberal Democrats to replace one of the other parties as the second party of British politics. This leads into an examination of the likelihood that these conditions will be met in the foreseeable future. The evidence suggests that the party has a real opportunity to break the existing two-party hegemony at a general election in 2009 or 2010.

Keywords: Liberal Democrat Party; Labour Party; Conservative Party; election; electoral reform; parliament; political forecast

Chapter.  6014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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