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How Labour Governments Fall

From Ramsay Macdonald to Gordon Brown

Editors: Heppell, T., Theakston, K. (Eds.)

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What similarities exist between the reasons for Labour losing office in 2010 and those behind why previous Labour governments were defeated? This edited volume provides a detailed historical appraisal which considers the importance of themes such as economic performance; political leadership and the condition of the Conservatives in opposition.

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Dr. Robert Crowcroft, University of Edinburgh, UK Professor Peter Dorey, University of Cardiff, UK Dr Timothy Heppell, University of Leeds, UK Professor Keith Laybourn, University of Huddersfield, UK Professor John Shepherd, University of Huddersfield, UK Professor Kevin Theakston, University of Leeds, UK Professor Chris Wrigley, University of Nottingham, UK

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'Notwithstanding the recent electoral success of New Labour under Tony Blair, Labour governments falling from office after relatively brief spells in power have been a common feature of the political landscape. Yet relatively little academic attention has been paid to the generic and comparative context, factors, contingencies and consequences of Labour's frequent and not insubstantial election defeats in power. This timely and original collection, which combines the insights of a select and expert band of Labour historians and political scientists, illuminates the common and exceptional, external and internal, recurrent and contingent factors and developments that have contributed to Labour's uneasy grasp on power. In its systematic, multi-dimensional and accessible analysis, it tells us why Labour has failed historically, sociologically, ideologically and presentationally to make the leap to natural party of government.

- Stephen Meredith, Division of History, Politics and Philosophy, University of Central Lancashire, UK

In marked contrast to the performance of many of their European counterparts, until 2001 no Labour government had ever been reelected with a working majority after a full term in office. Nearly ninety years after Ramsay MacDonald first led the party to power in a minority government we still know remarkably little about why so many Labour administrations have been rejected at the ballot box. Bringing together an impressive range of historians and political scientists, this important collection directly addresses the issue through a set of well researched and engaging case studies. In identifying many of the reasons why Labour administrations have run into difficulties, the volume makes a valuable contribution to the subject, one that will provoke further debate and is likely to generate significant lessons for the future.'

-Mark Wickham-Jones, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Softcover £58.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Labour Governments Fall
Book Subtitle
From Ramsay Macdonald to Gordon Brown
Editors
  • T. Heppell
  • K. Theakston
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31421-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137314215
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36180-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34850-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 186
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