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Political Parties in Britain

Matt Cole, Helen Deighan

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Looks at parties' organisation, policy, support and impact, from the major parties to the local

This introductory textbook examines the factors contributing to parties' fortunes and identities, and the causes of recent changes in both.

Parties studied include:

  • The main parties: Conservatives and Labour
  • The minor parties: the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Greens
  • The peripheral parties: the BNP, UKIP, SSP and SLP
  • Local parties: Kidderminster Health and Hospital Concern, the Morecambe Bay Independents and Mebyon Kernow

Helpful student features include:

  • A short, boxed paragraph of introduction and list of key issues covered in each chapter
  • A brief conclusion summarising what you should have learnt from reading each chapter
  • A glossary of key terms
  • Sample examination questions
  • Helpful websites and suggestions for further reading


Part One: The Main Parties
1. Origins and Development
2. Ideology and Policy
3. Support
Part Two: The Minor Parties
4. Origins and Structure
5. Ideology and Support
Part Three: The Peripheral Parties
6. The Rise of Peripheral Parties
7. Peripheral Parties after 2005.

About the Author

Matt Cole teaches Politics and History at King Edward VI Sixth Form College in Stourbridge, and has lectured on Social Sciences for the Open University and for Birmingham University. He has contributed to Politics Review, Modern History Review, Parliamentary Affairs and The British Elections & Parties Review amongst other journals, and broadcast as a BBC radio electoral analyst at the last four general elections.

Helen Deighan teaches Politics and History at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge.

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