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Tories, Television and Professionalization 1962–64

  • Anthony Ridge-Newman
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Abstract

Chapter 7 explores the impact of transformation on the Conservative Party. It argues the party changed from being characterized by its mass party culture to a centralized structure in which an elite and professionalized party centre developed a television centric operation. Firstly, it analyses the Selwyn Lloyd report, which offers insider perspectives about how ordinary members were feeling disenfranchised by the early 1960s. The chapter also provides a snapshot of the more centralized image of the party under the leadership of Douglas-Home, 1963–64. It concludes that Douglas-Home’s Conservatives’ relationship with television is characterized by the marked change in, firstly, the tightened control that a newly strengthened Central Office team of experts held over the party’s television operations and facilities, and, secondly, the relatively diminished role and place of the ordinary membership at the grassroots.

Keywords

Alec Douglas-Home Conservative Party Douglas-Home’s Conservatives Professionalization Television Selwyn Lloyd report 

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Ridge-Newman
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom

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