The British Conservative Party and One Nation Politics

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A&C Black, 2010 - Political Science - 193 pages
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The British Conservative Party and One Nation Politics reveals the true nature of Conservative Party politics by examining the centrality of the myth of One Nation. The power and longevity of such a concept is crucial to any understanding of the success of the Conservative Party, and this analysis of One Nation helps us to lay bare the kernel of Conservative party politics. The use of the term One Nation clearly matters for Conservative Party politics--not just in its "ancestral" use emanating from Disraeli's 1840s novels and his late nineteenth century rhetoric--but also through Baldwin's speeches and to the failure of John Major to replicate such a serene and contented image of the Nation in the 1990s. But, as a concept for the Conservatives, it means so much more than mere imagery. It has been successfully utilized in their "palaeontological" approach to their history in order to give the impression that only the Party puts 'Nation' before any sectional interest, that only the Conservative Party, as the national Party, has the ability to assuage and balance the plurality of competing interests on behalf of the Nation. It is because of this long and successful utilization of the term "One Nation" that so many within the Party are so keen to lay claim to it.
 

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Contents

Introduction One Nation Food for Thought
1
Ethos and Doctrine in the Conservative Party
24
The Thracian Boxer and Ideological Movement
45
Skilled Propaganda from IllIntentioned Friends
71
Factions Tendencies and Bondstones?
92
One Nation but Which?
119
One Europe or No Nation?
141
Conclusion Further Refreshment at the Springs of Doctrine
162
Bibliography
181
Index
191
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David Seawright is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds and a co-director of the Members of Parliament Project. His previous works include An Important Matter of Principle and (edited with David Baker) Britain for and Against Europe?

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