Critical Elections: British Parties and Voters in Long-term Perspective

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Geoffrey Evans, Pippa Norris
SAGE, Apr 28, 1999 - Political Science - 310 pages
Did Labour's landslide victory in 1997 mark a critical watershed in British party politics? Did the radical break with 18 years of Conservative rule reflect a fundamental change in the social and ideological basis of British voting behaviour?

Critical Elections brings together leading scholars of parties, elections and voting behaviour to provide the first systematic overview of long-term change in British electoral politics.


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Party Members and Ideological Change
Dealignment or Realignment?
New Social Alignments?
Towards a Multicultural Electorate?
New Labour New Geography?
A GenderGeneration Gap?
New Sources of Abstention?
New Issue Alignments?

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Pippa Norris is Director of the Democratic Governance group in the United Nations Development Programme in New York and the Maguire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Recent books include Sacred and Secular: Politics and Religion Worldwide (with Ronald Inglehart, 2004), Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (2004), and Driving Democratization: What Works (2006). Norris, who is a political scientist, has served as an expert consultant for many international bodies including the UN, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, International IDEA, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the UK Electoral Commission.

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