• David Butler
  • Dennis Kavanagh


Party organisation has special problems for a party in government. For the Conservatives these were ironically compounded by the comprehensive nature of their victory in 1983. The party could anticipate another four or five years in office and by 1987 would have been continuously in government for eight years. The leadership almost inevitably thought more in governmental than electoral terms. In addition some of the major achievements of the government — notably trade union reform and low inflation — were seen as achievements for the first rather than the second administration.


Prime Minister Strategy Group Local Election Party Organisation Radical Proposal 
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  1. 1.
    P. Hennessy, ‘Helicopter Crashes into Cabinet: Prime Minister and Constitution Hurt’, Journal of Law and Society, Autumn 1986.Google Scholar
  2. P. Hennessy, ‘Michael Heseltine, Mottram’s Law and the Efficiency of Cabinet Government’, Political Quarterly, 1986.Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    see P. Kellner, ‘All Signs Point to a Hung Parliament’, Independent, 20 October 1986.Google Scholar

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© David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh 1988

Authors and Affiliations

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

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