Internal Warfare

  • Eric Caines


After two election defeats in 1974 and a change of leadership in 1975, the Conservative Party was faced once again with the need to determine the grounds on which to fight the next election. As Margaret Thatcher’s appointed policy supremo, Keith Joseph oversaw the deliberations of various working groups, with a view to identifying the general direction of travel for a new Conservative government. Chapter 9 traces the bitter disputes which ensued, particularly between the Conservative Research Department – the Party’s usual source of policy advice when in opposition – and the Centre for Policy Studies, Joseph’s personal think-tank.

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  • Eric Caines
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarOxfordUnited Kingdom

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