Developments in British Politics 5 by Patrick Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, Ian Holliday, Gillian Peele

By Patrick Dunleavy, Andrew Gamble, Ian Holliday, Gillian Peele

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Which decides UK general elections? These central questions continue to be debated as New Labour grapples with government, and attempts to put through constitutional changes which may influence future electoral outcomes, and the Conservatives come to terms with leadership change and internal policy divisions over Europe. No definitive answer can yet be given, but electoral analysis does provide the basis for exploring possible answers in two ways - first looking in detail at 45 46 Voting and the Electorate survey data to see how voters' different social backgrounds, values and preferences influence their alignment; and second constructing aggregate models of how groups of voters behave, especially tracing how the views of the electorate as a whole evolve and change over time in response to political events and economic performance.

Its focus during the election was overwhelmingly on domestic policy. But concern for Britain's global role is cross-party, instinctual and a crucial part of its national identity. Conclusions Any nation-state's identity and global role are derived in large part from history and geography. It clearly matters that Britain has not been invaded since the eleventh century and is an archipelago of north-western Europe. However, these factors are not determinant. Arguably, Britain's failure to produce a political class able to lead in a way that is appropriate to an increasingly interdependent world explains more about British foreign policy than any other factor.

Its central argument is that the United Kingdom 20 John Peterson 21 continues to punch above its weight as an international actor. However, its political class has been slow in responding to sweeping changes in both international politics and Britain's essential foreign policy interests. Given the climate of debate over 'Europe', the new Labour government's sudden and enthusiastic turn towards 'constructive engagement' with the EU after the 1997 election was almost as striking as the scale of its landslide victory.

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