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New labour triumphs : Britain at the polls
King, Anthony, 1934-2017.
Publication Information:
Chatham, N.J. : Chatham House Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
xii, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The night itself / Anthony King -- The government that could do no right / David Denver -- Tony Blair and new labour / Patrick Seyd -- The Conservative Party : "in office but not in power" / Philip Norton -- The battle for the campaign agenda / Pippa Norris -- The semi-detached election : Scotland -- Iain McLean -- Why labour won--at last / Anthony King -- The new electoral battleground / David Sanders.
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1460 Lexile.
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In this comprehensive guide to the 1997 British elections, Anthony King and his colleagues provide insightful accounts of the new era of government in the United Kingdom; King sets the stage for the 1997 British election, David Denver tallies the results, Patrick Seyd reflects on New Labour, Philip Norton comments on the Conservatives′ changed role, Pippa Norris reports on the media, Iain McLean analyzes the Scottish elections, Anthony King reviews the Labour triumph, and David Sanders sums up the &BAD:quot;new electoral battleground.&BAD:quot;

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Library Journal Review

The Conservative Party dominated British politics for the past two decades until May 1, 1997, when Tony Blair's revamped "New Labour" party achieved an unprecedented victory, gaining a total of 419 seats in the House of Commons for a majority of 179. By way of comparison, the Conservatives retained 165 seats, mostly in suburban areas of southern England. This collection of essays by such noted contributors as Patrick Seyd, Pippa Norris, Iain McLean, and King provides a useful overview of recent developments, including the emergence of Blair, the exhaustion of the Conservatives, the "battle for the campaign agenda," and the role of the Scottish question in constitutional politics. In a concluding chapter, David Sanders charts "the new electoral battleground" and identifies the "increased volatility of the electorate" as the biggest cloud on Blair's horizon. The most accessible guide available to the dramatic rise of Blairism and to the current plight of the Tories; recommended for academic libraries.‘Kent Worcester, Marymount Manhattan Coll., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

With individual chapters written by seven well-known British political scientists, this book aims to explain the unprecedentedly large victory of the Labour party in 1997. King, the senior author, claims that the work differs from others on the same theme such as The British General Election of 1997, ed. by David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh (CH, May'98), because it addresses general readers. The contributors describe and analyze the large political forces that shaped the 1997 result rather than explore the events of the campaign or the results in the individual constituencies. Separate chapters deal with the failures of the previous Conservative governments, the divisions in the Conservative party between 1992 and 1997, the emergence of Tony Blair as the Labour leader and his initiation of changes in the party he referred to as the "new Labour party." Blair rarely mentioned socialism or the working class, and his strategic shift to the center-left constituted a revolution in British party politics. A separate chapter on Scotland explains why the relative strengths of the two major parties differ there from those in England. The book ends with a discussion of the implications of 1997 for the future of British politics. It is one of about a dozen books on the same subject and does not differ substantially from the others. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Curtis Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentp. xii
1 The Night Itselfp. 1
Notesp. 13
2 The Government That Could Do No Rightp. 15
Notesp. 46
3 Tony Blair and New Labourp. 49
Notesp. 70
4 The Conservative Party: In Office but Not in Power""p. 75
Notesp. 110
5 The Battle for the Campaign Agendap. 113
Notesp. 142
6 The Semi-Detached Election: Scotlandp. 145
Notesp. 172
Notesp. 175
7 Why Labour Won--At Lastp. 177
Notesp. 205
8 The New Electoral Battlegroundp. 209
Notesp. 244
Notesp. 244
Appendix Results of British General Elections, 1945-97p. 249
Indexp. 251
The Contributorsp. 260