Rational Choice and British Politics: An Analysis of Rhetoric and Manipulation from Peel to Blair

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Political Science - 256 pages
This engaging and original study, by one of Britain's leading scholars of rational choice theory, explores the course of British parliamentary politics over the last 150 years. McLean marries an appealing combination of social science and analytical narrative history to the great turningpoints in British politics - the Repeal of the Corn Law; the Victorian crisis of the Liberal and Conservative Parties; the Irish Question and Lloyd George's solution to it; the New Liberal origins of the welfare state; the politics of race and empire under Chamberlain and Powell; and the politics of'there is no alternative' under Margaret Thatcher.

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Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford University

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