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Decade of Dealignment
The Conservative Victory of 1979 and Electoral Trends in the 1970s


Ivor Crewe, Bo Särlvik
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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521136938

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  • In what ways did the nature of party support, and the attitudes of the electorate to the parties, change in the 1970s? How volatile was the British electorate? Was the two-party system breaking down? What were the causes of the Conservative triumph in 1979? Basing their work on national surveys conducted by the British Election Study at the University of Essex after the elections of February and October 1974 and May 1979, Bo Särlvik and Ivor Crewe examine the whole range of issues which formed the British political climate in this period. This 1983 book's focus is on the election of May 1979, but the analysis is placed in the context of changes in British politics that were signalled by the elections of 1974 as well as longer-term trends. This work provides a wealth of information for all who are interested in the recent history of British party politics and the ways in which people vote.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521136938
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on documentation
    Note on tables
    Part I. Political Context and Electoral Change Ivor Crewe:
    1. The flow of events
    2. The flow of the vote
    3. The lockgates on the vote
    Part II. Issues, Opinion and Party Choice in the 1979 Election Bo Särlvik:
    4. Opinions on political issues and voting - the directions of the enquiry
    5. Why the parties were liked and disliked
    6. Managing the economy - the Labour government's record and the Conservative alternative
    7. Responses to social and cultural change
    8. Nationalisation and social welfare policies - a rightward shift in electoral opinion 1974–1979
    9. Policy alternatives and party choice in the 1979 election
    10. Ambiguity and change in party positions: three special cases
    11. The impact of the issues - an overall account
    12. The electorate and the party system
    13. The making of voting decisions: political opinions and voting intentions during the campaign
    Part III. A Turning-Point?:
    14. At the end of a decade
    Postscript: realignment in the 1980s?
    Appendix. Constructing the flow-of-the-vote tables

  • Authors

    Bo Särlvik

    Ivor Crewe

    Assisted by

    Neil Day

    Robert MacDermid


    Ivor Crewe, Bo Särlvik

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