Democratising Conservative Leadership Selection: From Grey Suits to Grass Roots
by Andrew Denham;Kieron O'Hara (9780719075070)

Democratising Conservative Leadership Selection: From Grey Suits to Grass Roots
 
Andrew Denham;Kieron O'Hara
Release Date: 15 June 2008
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Category: Political Parties
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719075070
ISBN-10: 0719075076



This book traces the effects of democracy on the British Conservative Party, specifically looking at how changes in the ways the Conservatives elect their leaders have altered their mandate to lead.

The book includes an analysis of the original undemocratic 'system' whereby a leader 'emerged' from a shadowy process of consultation, and of the six elections between 1965 and 1997 where the parliamentary Conservative Party alone chose the Party leader. This historical perspective is followed by in-depth analysis of the three contests since 2001 that have taken place under the 'Hague rules, ' according to which ordinary Party members have the final say. This is the most comprehensive account yet published of the operation of those rules on the Conservative Party and the legitimacy of its leadership, and of the 2005 election of David Cameron.

This book will be essential reading for students, academic specialists and anyone interested in the recent history and contemporary practice of British Conservatism.

AUD $146.00

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