Adversary or Consensus Politics?

  • Richard Rose


The conventional model of British government assumes that parties are adversaries. The Conservative and Labour parties are meant to oppose each other in parliamentary debates and at general elections, and to govern the country differently when each has its turn in office. The consensus model of party government rejects each of these assumptions. The Conservative and Labour parties, while opposing each other in Parliament and in general elections, are expected to agree about the fundamentals of governance and not to differ substantially in their policies. When each succeeds the other in office, major policies are assumed to remain much the same.


Consensus Model Labour Party Electoral Competition Adversary Model Conservative Party 
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© Richard Rose 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Rose
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Public PolicyUniversity of StrathclydeUK

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