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Reconstructing Conservatism?: The Conservative party in opposition, 1997-2010

Richard Hayton


Why did it take the Conservative Party so long to recover power? After a landslide defeat in 1997, why was it so slow to adapt, reposition itself and rebuild its support? How did the party leadership seek to reconstruct conservatism and modernise its electoral appeal? This highly readable book addresses these questions through a contextualised assessment of Conservative Party politics between 1997 and 2010. By tracing the debates over strategy amongst the party elite, and scrutinising the actions of the leadership, it situates David Cameron and his ‘modernising’ approach in relation to that of ... More

Keywords: Conservative Party, Conservatism, Modernisation, Party strategy, Ideological repositioning, Opposition, Political leadership, Thatcherism, David Cameron

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780719083167
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Hayton, author