Introduction. 1 The British party system. 2 Political parties. 3 The Conservative Party post Thatcherism. 4 'New Labour' and the Labour Party. 5 Liberal Democrats: from protest to power. 6 Putting the boots away? The Far Right. 7 Reds and Greens. 8 Party politics after devolution. 9 Politics and its discontents.
Stephen Driver is head of the Department of Social Sciences at Roehampton University.
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