Tim Bale

in The Conservatives since 1945: The Drivers of Party Change

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199234370
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746093 | DOI:

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Having tracked and explained change in detail, the book finishes with a chapter that switches from streetview to satellite and then finally to map. It begins by summarising the extent of change in each period and then discussing the influence of the three classic drivers (defeat, leader, and/or dominant faction) across all of those periods taken together. This is summarised in tabular form, allowing a picture to emerge which can then be used to draw overall conclusions about how the Party changed over time, about which aspects changed more than others, about whether change occurred more in government or in opposition, and, finally, about what drove those changes. In working out when, how and why the Conservative Party in particular changed after 1945 we can contribute to – though not of course bring to an end – the ongoing debate on party change in general.

Keywords: Conservative Party; political parties; party change; party organisation; party policy; government; opposition; elections; leaders; factions

Chapter.  9527 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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