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Conservatism for the democratic age
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Conservatism for the democratic age: Conservative cultures and the challenge of mass politics in early twentieth century England

Dr. David Thackeray


This book offers a new interpretation of the Conservative party’s revival and adaptation to democratic politics in the early twentieth century, a period in which the British electorate more than tripled in size. We cannot appreciate the Conservatives’ unique success in British politics without exploring the dramatic cultural transformation which occurred within the party during the early decades of the century. This was a seminal period in which key features of the modern Conservative party emerged: a mass women’s organisation, a focus on addressing the voter as a consumer, targeted electionee ... More

Keywords: Conservative party, Class, Gender, Political communication, Election studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087615
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dr. David Thackeray, author