Conservatism, Unionism and the Problem of Territorial Management

  • Jim Bulpitt


This chapter attempts to trace and assess the development of Conservative party ideas and practices regarding territorial politics in the United Kingdom from 1867 to the present. Two immediate preliminary observations are required. The words ‘conservatism’ and ‘unionism’ refer to a specific political organisation which has existed over time. In any particular historical period there are a variety of individuals and groups which espouse positions which can be labelled conservative or unionist, but in this chapter we are concerned solely with the historic Conservative & Unionist party. The fact that its territorial ideas and practices have received on so many occasions so much support from others, is just one of the many black jokes of United Kingdom political development. The content of territorial politics can be defined as that arena of political activity concerned with relations between the central political institutions in the capital city and those interests, communities, political organisations and governmental bodies, outside that central institutional complex but within the accepted boundaries of the state, which possess, or are commonly perceived to possess, a significant geographical or local regional character. Territorial politics, then, means more than the relationship between central departments and local authorities, or devolution to Scotland and Wales, or the Irish question. It is all these things, and more.


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