The ninth book in the long-running Britiain at the Polls series, the 2010 edition looks back at the political landscape since 2005 with special focus on the transition from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown and the impact of events such as the the financial crisis, the MPs expenses scandal and the first ever leaders' debates. The 2010 election is analyzed in this context and the final chapters look ahead to assess the fortunes of the new governemnt. A strong line-up of contributors includes Philip Norton, Paul Webb, James A. Stimson, Michael Moran and Ron Johnston.
Praise for the previous edition:
‘With a first-class set of contributors this well-written and accessible volume will be essential reading for all concerned with British elections, voting behavior and party politics.’
Chapter 6: The Policy Mood and the Moving Centre
The Policy Mood and the Moving Centre
A Matter of Perspective
As the preceding chapters have demonstrated, the 2010 general election was one of the most eventful and dramatic in British electoral history.1 The Labour party's share of the vote declined by some 6.4 points and the Conservative party's share increased by 3.8 points. The resulting 5.1 point swing from Labour to the Conservatives was the second largest since 1945. Britain's ‘first-past-the-post’ electoral system translated this adjustment of electoral support into a dramatic transformation of the electoral map, with large parts of the country turning from Labour red to Conservative blue, though Labour was still able to deny the Tories an overall majority. The Conservatives ...