The Coming of the Election

  • David Butler
  • Dennis Kavanagh


At the beginning of September, an October election seemed inevitable and the parties had largely made their preparations. They were unavoidably conditioned by what had happened in February: the same leaders were fighting the elections and the party organisations inevitably planned to operate on the basis of what had gone before. Yet they approached the election very differently from its predecessor. The February election had come unexpectedly and both its course and its outcome had been surprising: it had taught the parties to expect the unexpected — the rise of third parties, the change in public mood, the chance event.


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  1. 7.
    See I. Crewe et al., ‘The Why and How of February Voting’, New Society, September 12. 1974.Google Scholar

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© David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh 1975

Authors and Affiliations

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

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