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The Blair SupremacyA study in the politics of Labour's party management$
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Lewis Minkin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073793

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073793.001.0001

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Managing candidate selection

Managing candidate selection

(p.369) 12 Managing candidate selection
The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

Candidate selection, examined in this chapter, became another major area of tightening management control. There was a clear shift away from the Kinnock and Smith managerial culture which had protected the freedom of constituency parties to make the selection. Shown here is Blair’s personal involvement in the new management. Attention is paid to late representation and ‘parachuting’ of the favoured. The role of the unions and decline of working class candidates are assessed. The politics of candidate selection in new institutions is examined. There is a special focus on the impact of highly controversial managerial interventions which drew critical public as well as party concern about ‘control freakery’.

Keywords:   Tightening management control, Blair’s involvement, Role of unions, New areas of selection, Controversial interventions, Public and party concern

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