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Neither Left nor Right? - Andrew Russell

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780719066016
Number Of Pages: 288

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This book provides a comprehensive account of the nature of Liberal Democrat electoral politics in contemporary Britain, and explores the specific challenges facing the Liberal Democrats in their struggle for identity, distinctiveness and votes, as well as examining the different layers of the party in terms of structure, strategy and representation. It provides a detailed history of the party, from the grassroots to the leadership and considers the anatomy of the party's vote. A series of eight case studies highlight how the Liberal Democrats continue to operate differently in various contexts, geographies, and against political opponents and demonstrates how local strategies were adopted in the 1997 and 2001 general elections.

List of tablesp. vi
List of figuresp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The party history and organisationp. 15
Liberal history: from Whigs to Liberal Democratsp. 16
The Liberal Democrats and contemporary politicsp. 35
The party machine: the organisational structure of the Liberal Democratsp. 53
Dual identities: grassroots versus leadership elitep. 67
The Liberal Democrats and the electoratep. 87
The profile of Liberal supportp. 88
Sympathy and support for the Liberal Democrat agendap. 114
The geography of Liberal Democrat supportp. 143
Party strategyp. 177
Neither left nor right but forward? The electoral strategy of the Liberal Democrats, 1997-2001p. 178
From votes to seats: making votes countp. 199
Lib-Dem campaigns in 2001: the case studiesp. 215
Conclusion: the Liberal Democrats and the electoratep. 251
Referencesp. 261
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780719066016
ISBN-10: 0719066018
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 2005
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 16.1  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.45