Britain at the Polls 2010
Share

Britain at the Polls 2010



© 2011 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
BACK
'The Britain at the Polls series always asks—and answers, often with new insights—the key questions about British general elections. And few elections in living memory pose as many big questions as that of May 2010.' - Martin Kettle, The Guardian

'For decades Britain at the Polls has given us high quality insights into British elections. This latest edition is the most significant and intriguing of all: an excellent cast of contributors provide a vivid and accessible presentation of evidence with an engaging clarity of writing and depth of analysis. It should prove invaluable not only for academics, but students, journalists and anyone who wants to understand a unique, game-changing election.' - Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield College, Oxford

'Britain at the Polls 2010 is an essential guide to a highly unusual election. The authors provide detailed coverage of the major developments within and between the parties, the issues that shaped the election and—perhaps most importantly—some long-term trends in public opinion that might explain New Labour's slow but steady decline since the late 1990s. Detailed, yet highly accessible, this book should be read by anyone interested in the what, when and why of this remarkable event in British politics.' - Kai Arzheimer, Professor of Empirical Political Science, University of Mainz

'This is an outstanding collection of papers by an outstanding cast of authors. It tells the story of the remarkable election of 2010 to be sure, but it also makes general patterns in British politics much more understandable. I heartily endorse it.' - Christopher Wlezien, Professor of Political Science, Temple University, Philadelphia

'This volume is a worthy contribution to a long-running and valuable series of post-election analyses. It provides insights which are of immediate interest, and in coming years it will be a useful reference for those who want to recall 'what really happened' in the important election of 2010. - Susan Scarrow, University of Houston

The latest book in the long-running Britain at the Polls series provides an indispensible and incisive review of the extraordinary 2010 UK general election. Leading experts chart the path from Tony Blair's reelection in 2005 to the collapse of the Labour vote and the formation of the first coalition government since 1945. Topics covered include Gordon Brown's premiership, David Cameron's leadership of a resurgent Conservative party, the effects of the financial crisis and the parliamentary expenses scandal, and the drama of the UK's first ever televised leaders' debates. The book analyses the impact of these factors and others on the election and looks ahead to assess how the coalition government-and British politics-will adapt in the new political and economic environment.

John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons
Foreword
Preface
Nicholas Allen
Labour's Third Term: A Tale of Two Prime Ministers
Tim Bale and Paul Webb
The Conservative Party
Thomas Quinn and Ben Clements
Re-Alignment in the Centre: The Liberal Democrats
Michael Moran, Sukhdev Johal and Karel Williams
The Financial Crisis and Its Consequences
Oliver Heath
The Great Divide: Voters, Parties, MPs and Expenses
John Bartle, Sebastian Dellepiane Avellaneda and James A Stimson
The Policy Mood and the Moving Centre
Nicholas Allen, Judith Bara and John Bartle
A Much-Debated Campaign
Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie
The Local Campaigns and the Outcome
Philip Norton
The Politics of Coalition
Appendix: General Elections since 1945

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


The Essex folks and their collaborators have created another indispensible source on contemporary British electoral politics
T.P Wolf
British Politics Group Quarterly


Overall, Britain at the Polls 2010 is a clear triumph; a worthy part of the election literature and a pleasure to read
Jon Tonge
Political Studies Review


Britain At The Polls 2010 is the latest in the long running and well respected series of books which has covered general elections in Britain since February 1974. This edition carries a stellar cast of contributors from the world of political academia...a cohesive, accessible and overall enjoyable book....So many collections of essays can be either biased or disjointed, but this seems to strike the perfect balance, being both representative and managing to present a conjoined approach to the subject
Natalie Dzerins
British Politics and Policy at LSE Blog

Christopher Wlezien
Temple University

The Essex folks and their collaborators have created another indispensible source on contemporary British electoral politics
T.P Wolf
British Politics Group Quarterly


Overall, Britain at the Polls 2010 is a clear triumph; a worthy part of the election literature and a pleasure to read
Jon Tonge
Political Studies Review

Susan Scarrow
University of Houston

The Essex folks and their collaborators have created another indispensible source on contemporary British electoral politics
T.P Wolf
British Politics Group Quarterly


Overall, Britain at the Polls 2010 is a clear triumph; a worthy part of the election literature and a pleasure to read
Jon Tonge
Political Studies Review

T.P Wolf
British Politics Group Quarterly

The Essex folks and their collaborators have created another indispensible source on contemporary British electoral politics
T.P Wolf
British Politics Group Quarterly


Overall, Britain at the Polls 2010 is a clear triumph; a worthy part of the election literature and a pleasure to read
Jon Tonge
Political Studies Review

Jon Tonge
Political Studies Review

A great read and incisive review of the 2010 UK general election.

Miss Martina Kirlew
Health and Social Care, University of Bolton
October 28, 2013

For instructors

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781849208468
37.95 CAD
£22.99
2,299
$46.00
ISBN: 9781849208451
114.95 CAD
£76.00
7,600
$118.00

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.

SAGE Knowledge brings together high-quality content from across our imprints, including CQ Press and Corwin titles.