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An analysis of the Conservatives since 1945 provides insight into what drives a political party to change

Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
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  • Jf Political Institutions (General)


In his new book on the Conservatives since 1945, and in a public lecture at the LSE this Thursday, Tim Bale explores the reasons how and why parties change. He finds the fear of defeat is often just as important a motivator as defeat itself and that, when it comes to policy, what matters most are leaders. The supposed dominance of one faction or other, however, doesn’t seem to matter much.

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