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The art of the possible: Politics and governance in modern British history, 18851997: Essays in memory of Duncan Tanner

Chris Williams and Andrew Edwards


‘Die Politik’, Bismarck is reputed to have said, ‘ist die Lehre von Möglichen’. Translated as ‘politics is the art of the possible’, this phrase captures neatly the pragmatism that has been at the heart of modern British approaches to the art of government. It is not as though ideology has not, occasionally, loomed large in political debate. Conviction certainly has a respectable pedigree in explaining the attachments, destinies and ultimate fate of some politicians. But success in British politics has come most readily to those who have been flexible, responsive to the shifting mood of the el ... More

Keywords: Duncan Tanner, Politics, Governance, Government, Modern Britain, Modern Wales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090714
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Williams, editor
Cardiff University

Andrew Edwards, editor
Bangor University