The Liberal Democrats: From Hope to Despair to Where? (Paperback)

The Liberal Democrats: From Hope to Despair to Where? By David Cutts, Andrew Russell, Joshua Harry Townsley Cover Image

The Liberal Democrats: From Hope to Despair to Where? (Paperback)


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This is the definitive account of the rise, fall and future prospects of the Liberal Democrats, the party that threatened to break the mould of British politics but suffered electoral calamity after entering government with the Conservatives.

Retracing the Lib Dems' path to government and subsequent near oblivion, the book explores the relationship between the party and the electorate in a post-coalition, post-Brexit, post-pandemic era. It offers a deep analysis of the electoral strategy that enabled growth and precipitated failure, explaining how and why the party got the coalition so wrong and plotting a potential future. Drawing on extensive survey data and original interviews with Lib Dem politicians and activists, the authors expertly capture the relationship between the party and voters, revealing the foundations of Liberal Democrat campaigning and performance in the search for credibility and viability.

The Liberal Democrats remain contradictory: a minor party with ambitions to upset the status quo, a party that depends on decisive leadership but relies on grassroots activism to remain relevant. This book helps unravel these apparent contradictions.
David Cutts is Professor of Political Science at the University of BirminghamAndrew Russell is Professor of Politics at the University of LiverpoolJoshua Townsley is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics
Product Details ISBN: 9781526127839
ISBN-10: 1526127830
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English