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The British General Election of 1987

  • David Butler
  • Dennis Kavanagh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. 1983–1987

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 3-24
    3. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 25-46
    4. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 47-73
    5. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 74-85
  3. The Election Nationally

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 89-123
    3. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 124-138
    4. Martin Harrison
      Pages 139-162
    5. Martin Harrop
      Pages 163-188
  4. The Election Locally

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Byron Criddle
      Pages 191-210
    3. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 211-237
  5. The Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 241-264
    3. David Butler, Dennis Kavanagh
      Pages 265-279
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-379

About this book

Introduction

The 1987 election, which returned Mrs Thatcher for a record-breaking third term, was notable for a new level of campaigning professionalism. This book, the thirteenth in a series that has covered every election since the Second World War, examines in detail the nature of the Conservative victory, with its roots in recent history and social changes, but depending to the end on argument and presentation. The authors explore the way in which the party system adapted itself to and blunted the renewed Alliance challenge; the way in which the Labour party picked itself up from the disaster of 1983 to put on a brilliant but ultimately unsuccessful campaign; and the way in which Mrs Thatcher steered herself and her party back onto a winning course after the Westland disaster. The book describes how the Labour party adopted a modern communications strategy to promote Mr Kinnock and it examines the secret battle for control of the Conservative campaign between different groups and advertising agencies. The authors have been given exceptional access to persons and papers.

Keywords

campaign Campaigning election party system

Authors and affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Dennis Kavanagh
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.University of NottinghamUK

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