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Britain in the Nineties
The Politics of Paradox

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Hugh Berrington

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Book Description

This volume looks at the changes in British politics and government since the accession of Mrs Thatcher in 1979, and in particular at the 1990s. Its aim is to explore some of these changes and to emphasize the recurring paradoxes in political developments.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Britain in the Nineties The Politics of Paradox, Hugh Berrington; Chapter 2 Power in the Parties: R. T. McKenzie and After, Dennis Kavanagh; Chapter 3 Europe, Thatcherism and Traditionalism: Opinion, Rebellion and the Maastricht Treaty in the Backbench Conservative Party, 1992–1994, Hugh Berrington, Rod Hague; Chapter 4 From Hostility to ‘Constructive Engagement’: The Europeanisation of the Labour Party, Philip Daniels; Chapter 5 Narratives of ‘Thatcherism’, Mark Bevir, R. A. W. Rhodes; Chapter 6 Institutions, Regulation, and Change: New Regulatory Agencies in the British Privatised Utilities, Mark Thatcher; Chapter 7 The Judicial Dimension in British Politics, Nevil Johnson; Chapter 8 The Periphery and its Paradoxes, William L. Miller; Chapter 9 The British Electorate in the 1990s, David Denver;

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'This is a fascinating collection of essays which, taken as a whole, ask (and answer) vital questions regarding contemporary British political life.' - Contemporary Review

'It contains eight original, scholarly essays, each an exemplification of and commentary upon the twists, turnns, ironies and paradxes in the changing stances adopted mainly by the two major political parties over the past two decades ... there is some thought-provoking stuff here.' - Talking Politics