Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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p. v

List of figures and tables

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p. vi

Notes on contributors

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface and acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book explores aspects of David Cameron’s efforts to renew the Conservative Party after becoming leader in 2005. After an intensive and controversial time of modernising initiatives in the early period of his leadership, Cameron’s priorities were reshaped by the global fiscal crisis of 2008, leaving critics to question what, if...

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Introduction: the politics of Conservative renewal

Gillian Peele and John Francis

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pp. 1-21

This book examines the British Conservative Party and David Cameron’s efforts to renew the Party after 2005. It seeks to make a contribution to the understanding of contemporary British conservatism and the dynamics of Conservative Party politics by exploring the evolution of the modernisation strategy which Cameron...

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1. David Cameron’s leadership and party renewal

Gillian Peele

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pp. 22-40

Writing on the tenth anniversary of David Cameron’s victory in the Conservative leadership election, Paul Goodman, the editor of the influential online site ConservativeHome, noted that on some measures Cameron’s decade in the leadership made him the second most successful Conservative leader in the last hundred...

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2. Constructing a new conservatism? Ideology and values

Richard Hayton

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pp. 41-57

Following three severe election defeats, the Conservatives elected David Cameron as leader on an explicitly modernising platform. His agenda for change encompassed revitalising the Party image through a concerted effort to rebrand the Party, an extensive review of policy and ideological repositioning towards the centre...

3. Policies under Cameron: modernisation abandoned

Peter Dorey

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pp. 58-81

4. The Conservative Party and a changing electorate

Matthew Burbank and John Francis

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pp. 82-104

5. The parliamentary party

Philip Cowley, Mark Stuart and Tiffany Trenner-Lyle

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pp. 105-120

6. Continuing fault lines and new threats: European integration and the rise of UKIP

Philip Lynch and Richard Whitaker

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pp. 121-138

7. The evolving Conservative Party membership

Tim Bale and Paul Webb

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pp. 139-158

8. Conclusion: a limited Conservative renewal?

Gillian Peele and John Francis

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pp. 159-167

Select bibliography

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pp. 168-174

Index

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pp. 175-180