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Alliance

  • David Butler
  • Dennis Kavanagh

Abstract

The Alliance parties entered the 1983 parliament in a strange position. With the support of more than a quarter of the electorate, there was no doubt that they formed a formidable third party. Three-party politics, at the electoral level at least, had arrived. But with only 23 seats the Alliance was virtually irrelevant in parliamentary terms; it had problems in providing spokesmen for all portfolios and the two leaders complained of the difficulty they found in getting called by the Speaker. A campaign in 1984 for proportional representation attracted little attention.

Keywords

Proportional Representation Party Leader Liberal Party Liberal Activist Conservative Party 
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Copyright information

© 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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