Broadcasting an Elite

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


Chapter 8 aims to bring together some of the diverse strands of thought throughout the book, and offer some final conclusions. Forming a comparative history, it argues that developments in television paved the way for a culture in which the active role of the grassroots membership became notably reduced and Conservative Central Office priorities turned significantly towards broadcasting the party elite. The chapter concludes that 1951–64 was a period in which the party experienced a progressive tightening of party hierarchy, which was exhibited through both incremental and punctuated changes. This helped shift the party towards a more centralized and professionalized organization in favour of a more strengthened and autonomous party elite.


Broadcasting Elites Centralization Conservative Party Professionalization Television 


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

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