Few party systems of the world have as long a past or as settled a character as Britain’s. Yet the last two generations have brought profound changes both in the basis of political alignment and in the identity of the leading parties. This historical period has seen the Liberals displaced by Labour, which became the second major party after one world war and an equal contestant for power after another.
KeywordsTrade Union Party System Labour Party Downward Mobility Party Support
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