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The lasting achievement of Thatcherism as a political project is that Britain now has three political parties of the right, instead of one

Dunleavy, Patick (2013) The lasting achievement of Thatcherism as a political project is that Britain now has three political parties of the right, instead of one. British Politics and Policy at LSE (17 Apr 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Throughout the twentieth century the Conservative party dominated British politics as an integrated party of the right. Yet since late 1992, the Tories have increasingly struggled to attract the support of a third of voters at elections or in opinion polls. Patrick Dunleavy argues that because of the divisiveness of Thatcherism, the right wing electorate in Britain is now permanently fragmented between three parties – the Conservatives, the UK Independence Party, and now the rump of the Liberal Democrats, clearly aligned behind austerity policies. However, the UK’s first-past-the-post electoral system always punishes such divisions severely. Ironically the most enduring legacy of Thatcherism’s attempted ‘revolution’ may be the long-run hegemony of the centre-left.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 08:17
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75519

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