British Party Politics and the Policy-Making Process


in Party Politics and Decolonization

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205050
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676475 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

British Party Politics and the Policy-Making Process

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With the growth in government activity and the increasing complexity of the tasks which the government is called upon to perform, the ability of politicians to shape policy in line with the ideological commitments of their parties has declined. This chapter discusses African decolonization and executive decision-making as well as party politics and decolonization. Most of the important decisions made by government ministers relating to Africa were never debated in Parliament. Whatever ideological preferences of the governing party or the manifesto upon which it has been elected, its freedom of action was constrained, and this often caused frustration among those in the Conservative Party who wished the government to follow a clearly defined colonial policy.

Keywords: decolonization; African decolonization; Conservative Party; colonial policy

Chapter.  6143 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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