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  • The Conservative Party in Britain - 1045 Words
    Conservative Party in Britain After analyzing some of the major policies of the parties of the UK, the one that I, as a college student, can identify with the most are those of the Conservative Party. I have always believed that education is the key to a successful nation, and lack of education results in numerous problems for a nation. Therefore, a party that enforces education and aims for the success of hardworking people is indeed, the one that represents my ideals (Roskin). At the same...
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  • To what extent are the Labour and Conservative parties undemocratic organisations?
    To what extent are Labour and Conservative Democratic organisations? The definition of democracy is the control of an organisation or group by the majority of its members. By this definition Labour and Conservative are both democratic organisations because they have elements of policy formulation and MP election processes which are very democratic in nature as they involve a wide range of people within the party. However there are also undemocratic features about both these organisations such...
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  • The Conservative Party: Embracing the Philosophies of Conservatism and British Unionism
    Politics essay. The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party and colloquially referred to as the Tory Party or the Tories, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that states that it espouses the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. As of 2013 it is the largest single party in the House of Commons with 303 MPs, governing in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, with David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, as Prime Minister....
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  • How Successful Was Peel as Leader of the Conservative Party Up to 1841?
    How successful was Peel as leader of the Conservative Party to 1841? It is undeniable that between December 1832 and the election of 1841, under the leadership of Peel, the Tory party enjoyed a revival in terms of its popularity and organisation, under the leader ship of Robert Peel. Although some historians believe that this success can mainly be attributed to the actions of Peel, such as the Tamworth Manifesto, strong evidence, argued by reputed historians such as Eric Evans exists to...
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  • To What Extent Is The Conservative Party Under David Cameron Still A
    To what extent is the Conservative Party under David Cameron still a 'New Right' party? David Cameron took over as Conservative Party leader in 2005. Due to his privileged background, upbringing and education many see him as the stereotypical Tory politician, supportive of those with money, out of touch with the problems faced by the working classes and stuck in the traditional values of a bygone age. We have seen since he became Prime Minister however that he is far more liberal than many of...
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  • To What Extent Can the Modern Conservative Party Be Considered One Nation?
    .‘To what extent can the modern conservative party be considered ‘One nation’? (25 marks) ‘One nation’ is an idea that is based upon principles such as paternalism, and it is the name given to describe this particular faction of the conservative party. ‘One nation conservatives’ is the name given to the followers of the ideas presented by Benjamin Disrael, and the belief in changing Britain from ‘two nations’ i.e the rich and the poor, and instead creating one. Benjamin Disraeli adopted...
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  • To what extent has the Conservative party abandoned “Thatcherism”? (25)
    Thatcherism well-liked the idea of privatising, so she privatised industries such as oil, coal and gas. The current Conservative party has not made any changes to this policies in fact they have kept to it. In 2013 the Royal Mail was privatised. This shows us that the party has not completely abandoned Thatcherism, however many would argue that the Conservative party is not privatising as much as Mrs Thatcher did in fact they are doing it on a much smaller scale. This connotes that they are...
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  • Why The Conservative Party Remained In Power From 1951 To 1964
    Assess the reasons why the Conservative party remained in power from 1951 to 1964 Focus: evaluation of the reasons for the dominance of a political party during a specific period. Conservative leadership: Effective as 1) Churchill maintained consensus 2) Eden pre- Suez 3) Macmillan His skilful exploitation of television and the media His ruthlessness- Night of Long Knives But 1) Churchill also old 2) Eden made mistakes over Suez 3) Home was unsuitable Conservative policies: Focus on...
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  • The Conservative Party not Gladstone came closer to solving the Irish Problem 1880-1905
    The Liberals wished to solve the Irish problem to benefit the Irish people whereas the Conservatives attempted to solve the Irish Problem to fulfil their own aims and to bluster their Irish Nationalist support. Both parties had little success though the conservatives had more than the Liberals as they had a more practical approach. As an attempt to solve the Irish problem, Gladstone implemented the Second Land Reform in 1881, where in which he gave the Irish farmers most of the rights and...
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  • How Successful Was the Conservative Party Between 1918 and 1929
    How successful was the conservative party from 1918- 1928? As a party the Conservatives can be seen to have achieved considerable success between the years 1918-28. Before the war the party had lost 3 consecutive elections, whereas during the period 1918-28 they were in power for all but 10 months of those 10 years (First Labour Government January- October 1924). It can then be seen through their domination of power that they were very successful. However during the first 4 of those years,...
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  • Labour Party Is the Party of Devolution
    “The Labour Party is the party of devolution.” Is this a reasonable statement to make? Devolution is defined as “the transfer of power to a lower level, especially by central government to local or regional administrations” ( It can also be defined as “the transfer of power from a superior sovereign to a subordinate parliament or assembly.” (Tonge 2010). Within a devolved state, the sovereign power retains the technical power to suspend the devolved government. Since...
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  • How Successful Was Edward Heath as Leader of the Conservative Party Between 1965 and 1974?
    How successful was Edward Heath as leader of the Conservative Party between 1965 and 1974? Edward Heath led the conservative party through a difficult and revolutionary period in British politics from the years 1965 to 1974, punctuated by the joining of the ECC in 1973, prolonged damaging strikes, high levels of inflation, and many monumental U-turns through the period of his office. The concept of change is most notably seen right from the offset of his leadership as he was the first...
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  • “the Success of the Conservative Party 1918-1964 Was Due to the Appeal of Its Leaders.” to What Extent Do You Agree?
    The success of the Conservative Party 1918-1964 was due to the appeal of its leaders.” To what extent do you agree? To assess the appeal of the Conservative leaders, it is first necessary to define appeal. Appeal is the extent to which the image and personality of the leader appeals to the needs of the electorate at the time. Whilst appealing leaders such as Winston Churchill were successful in leadership, others such as Antony Eden who was arguably the most appealing were not as successful so...
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  • “It Was Sheer Good Fortune That the Conservative Party Were Returned to Office in May 1955.” Discuss.
    “It was sheer good fortune that the Conservative Party were returned to office in May 1955.” Discuss. In the May 1955 General Election, the Conservatives won 344 seats, winning with an overall majority of 58; with Labour winning 277 and 3.9% of votes were for Liberal and Others. It can be argued that the Conservatives were returned to office in 1955 due sheer good fortune. However, we must explore the other options as to why the Tory party won, particularly how the Conservative party looked...
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  • “The conservatives won in 1951 because of Sheer luck, they weren’t even the most popular party” Assess the validity of this view
    After the election of 1945 Labour began insurmountable changes to Britain as a whole. This included the introduction of the welfare state aswell as the eradication of ‘Beveridge’s 5 evils’, though many people would never look at the big picture in terms of labours influence due to the legacy of the wartime coalition being that of victory and, to an extent, excitement during wartime compared to the underwhelming state of peace. These feelings overshadowed the necessary actions of labour during...
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  • Political Parties in Uk - 401 Words
    The UK's three major political parties are the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, and the Liberal Democrats, who won between them 616 out of the 646 seats available in the House of Commons at the 2005 general election. Most of the remaining seats were won by parties that only contest elections in one part of the UK such as the Scottish National Party (Scotland only), Plaid Cymru (Wales only), and the Democratic Unionist Party, Social Democratic and Labour Party, Ulster Unionist Party, and...
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  • British Labour Party Assign
    British Labour Party I would like to start by explaining The British Labour Party. The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom, and one of the two main British political parties along with the Conservative Party. In 1997, Tony Blair led this political party and he tried to change the environmental policy. Blair criticized other governments for not doing enough to solve global climate change. In a 1997 visit to the United States, he made a comment on "great...
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  • The Rise and Fall of Political Parties
    December 20, 2010 I. Thesis Statement While the question on whether or not they should be accepted as a legitimate means to express political disagreement is really up to the citizens. As long as the parties don't become too powerful then there shouldn't be a problem at all. If somebody wishes to express a disagreement and they don't agree with either of the current two parties then by all means let them start their own party. As long as the citizens agree with what you are saying it...
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  • Political parties in Hong Kong
    Introduction Before doing some researches on this paper, there are some assumptions. The first assumption is that there is social stratification in the society. According to Chris Barker, it is a classification of groups based on shared socio-economic conditions.1 Based on the social stratification, there are various kinds of political parties started up in order to safeguard the interests of different levels. One of the applications is the formulation of the Legislative Council (LegCo)....
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  • Conservatives vs Liberals Land Question
    CIs it true to say that the Conservative Party did more to solve the ‘Land Question’ in Ireland in the period 1870-1903 than the Liberals? In order to answer this question it is first necessary to define the ‘Land Question’. The ‘Land Question’ entailed the relationship between the landlord and the tenant, the ownership of the land, farm size and poor quality produce. Both the liberals and the Conservatives parties brought about various changes in the issue of the “Land Question’ during the...
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  • Balfour's Leadership Was Responsible for the Decline in the Popularity of the Conservative Party Between the Years 1902-1906. Explain Why You Agree or Disagree with This View.
    Balfour's leadership was responsible for the decline in the popularity of the conservative party between the years 1902 – 1906. Explain why you agree or disagree with this view. ( 24 marks ) Balfour's leadership along with other key factors, including chamberlain's influence, the Boer war and the liberal party's actions, overall led to the decline in popularity for the conservative party giving the liberals their first taste of power in the 1906 general election. Balfour's character...
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  • To What Extent Has The Conservative Par
    To what extent has the conservative party abandoned Thatcherism? (25 marks) The conservative party accepts that a degree of state intervention to create more social justice can be justified. This may involve welfare, but also intervention in family situations, in education and through social services in general. There is a sense that we are responsible for the welfare of those less fortunate than ourselves. Thatcherism suggested that we are responsible for ourselves as long as we have the...
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  • Political Parties, Party and Electoral Systems, and Voting Behavior in the Uk
    *Political Parties, Party and Electoral Systems*, and Voting Behavior in the UK *Political Parties and the *UK’s Party System Brief History: The Labour Party grew out of the trade union movement and socialist political parties of the 19th century, and continues to describe itself as a party of democratic socialism. Labour was the first political party in Great Britain to stand for the representation of the low-paid working class and it is the working class who are known as the Labour...
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  • Compare and contrast the parties and the party systems of Britain and Russia with reference to comparative literature.
    Compare and contrast the parties and the party systems of Britain and Russia with reference to comparative literature. There are many similarities and differences between Britain and Russia. They both have an upper and a lower house in their parliaments and both have a Prime Minister, but in turn, only Russia has a written constitution while Britain’s constitution is unwritten. Though this essay focuses on one key aspect which Britain and Russia will be compared and contrasted on; political...
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  • The UK Political Parties Leadership Elections
    Compare and contrast the methods used by the three main parties to elect their leaders. In the organisation of the Conservative Party, constituency associations dominate the election of party leaders and the selection of local candidates while the Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) leads financing, organisation of elections and drafting of policy. The leader of the parliamentary party forms policy in consultation with his cabinet and administration. This decentralised structure is...
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  • Explain Why the Conservatives Lost the General Election of 1906
    The 1906 general election is often referred to as the ‘liberal landslide’, but the success of the liberal party was arguably due more to conservative mistakes than what they offered new politically. A number of key conservative policies (all highly played out in the national press) all played a part in the reversal of almost 20 years of tory rule in the 1906 election. The conservative leader at the time AJ Balfour was considered a poor public speaker as was considered out-of-touch with many...
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  • why did the conservatives lose the 1906 election
    Why did the Conservatives lose the 1906 election? Before the 1906 election around 1895-1902 the conservative party were massively successful and the strongest government party around. This was because they had Lord Salisbury as a leader who was seen as a leader for both middle class and working class people in Britain; the liberal party was weak as they were fighting themselves over Ireland home rule which meant that the conservatives had an advantage as it meant that people were not voting...
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  • Labour weakness was the reason for conservative dominance
    Labour weakness was the most important reason for Conservative dominance from 1951 to 1964. How far do you agree? Between 1951 and 1964, the Conservative's time in power, the Labour party were providing ineffectual opposition. One of the reasons for this was their internal disputes over issues such as unilateralism. However, there were also more important reasons for Conservative dominance, such as the economy and growing prosperity in Britain, the property owning democracy and the greater...
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  • Explain Why The Conservatives Were Unpopular In 1906
    Explain why the Conservatives were unpopular in 1906? (12 marks) A.J Balfour was an intelligent man yet lacked political skills causing him to make poorly judged decisions leading to a decrease in conservative’s votes. During the Boer War, 1898-1902, Balfour used Britain’s patriotism to help the Tories win the 1900 ‘Khati Election’. By doing this it allowed Britain to stay involved in the Boer war, not knowing that war would last 4 years and cost Britain over 210 million pounds. This...
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  • To what extent is the party of David Cameron Thatcherite?
    To what extent is the party of David Cameron Thatcherite? Thatcherism comprised a mixture of ideas and policies such as free markets, privatisation of industries, low taxation and little state involvement in people’s lives. Some may argue that the conservative party today under David Cameron has drifted into a different direction from Thatcherite policies, however others say that Thatcher still has a huge influence on the modern conservative party. One of Thatcher’s main policies was the...
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  • To what extent do political parties promote democracy?
    To what extent do political parties promote democracy? (25 marks) Political parties have many functions, one of which is to uphold the principles of a democratic political system. A democratic political system is one which involves various features, such as a peaceful transition of power from one government to another, free and fair regular elections, people having open access to independent information, government accountability to the people and representative institutions and that the...
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  • To What Extent Do Conservatives Favour Pragmatism Instead of Principle?
    ‘Conservatives support Pragmatism over principle’ Discuss. Pragmatism essentially believes in a more practical behavior or form of policy, as opposed to an ideological principle. Conservatives traditionally favour pragmatism because it emphasizes the impact of applied ideas that have been tested over time- highlighting the importance of tradition (one major traditional conservative value. One-nation conservatives agree with the foundations of pragmatic ideas. Whereas the New Right was heavily...
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  • To What Extent Did Arthur Balfour Cause the Defeat of the Conservatives in the 1906 Election?
    To what extent did Arthur Balfour cause the defeat of the conservatives in the 1906 election? Arthur Balfour was elected as prime minister in 1902 after Salisbury retired and gained the approval of the unionists, even though it appeared to quite a few people in the parliament that Arthur Balfour wasn’t actually up to the job. Many say that the Tariff reform was his down fall in the long run but it is debatable. He steered the Education act through parliament, which benefited a lot of people....
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  • Do you agree with the view that the Suez Crisis did no harm to the Conservatives fortunes?
    Do you agree with the view that the Suez Crisis did no harm to the Conservatives fortunes? The Suez Crisis caused great disagreements between the worlds main superpowers and especially endangered the relations between Britain and the USA. Not only did this crisis threaten Britain’s world relations but it also cause large controversy within Britain. The Suez Crisis began in 1956 as a result of America refusing to fund Egypt on its high dam project, which they believed would help Egypt become...
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  • The main reason for Conservative dominance in the years 1951 to 1964 was Labour disunity.’
    The main reason for conservative dominance in the years 1951 to 1964 was labour disunity?” Access the validity of this view I agree with this statement as the labour party leaders were ageing. The labour leaders were from the pre-war era therefore it meant that they were not in touch with the population. This led to labour disunity throughout the years as it caused Attlee to retire, he found that he couldn’t understand what the young wanted. For the public they left their trust with the labour...
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  • What Are the Problems with the Uk's Party System, and How Might They Be Resolved?
    What are the problems with the UK’s party system, and how might they be resolved? This essay will analyse the challenges and problems UK party system is facing. The essay will look into public apathy and mistrust, resulting in low party membership and low electoral participation. The main argument is that political parties do not have strong enough incentives to connect with voters. Proposals to resolve these problems will be changing electoral system, further limiting donations to the...
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  • To what extent do the UK’s major parties accept Thatcherite ideas and policies?
    Politics Essay To what extent do the UK’s major parties accept Thatcherite ideas and policies? Despite Margaret Thatcher being in office from May 1979 till November 1990, her policies can still be seen in effect today. The UK’s major parties, Labour and Conservatives, have taken into consideration her views and policies and adapted them to some extent. Some people can argue that the policies and ideas of Thatcher have “rubbed” off on the major parties; however others say these parties have...
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  • Let Us Face the Future: the Labour Party 1945 Manifesto
    Let Us Face the Future: The Labour Party 1945 Manifesto At the very end of World War 2, the British people is craving for a change in the economic and social policies of their country. In fact, the Great Depression and pre-war Conservative governments were very disappointing : Chamberlain's (from 1937 to 1940) and Churchill's (from 1940 to 1945) governments were practically only based on foreign policy (because of the war and the progressive degradation of the British Empire),...
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  • To What Extent Have The Parties In Coalition Remained Committed To Their Traditional Principles
    To what extent have the parties in coalition remained committed to their traditional principles? The formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010 has affected each party’s commitment to their traditional principles which would remain intact in a single-party government. However, the two parties have generally reached sensible compromises through peaceful negotiations to stay relatively attached to their traditional principles. The Conservative party has...
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  • To What Extent Is the Labour Party Still Committed to Its Traditional Principles?
    The Labour party was founded on the principles of social democracy, which is a traditionally centre left ideology. It has been Britain’s major democratic socialist party since the 20th century and since then has been committed on basing its ideologies on advancement for the working class. Until the 1980’s, Labour had kept its principles consistent, but with the development of Michael Foot’s ‘loony left’ movement which was based largely around the irrational minority issues and racial problems....
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  • To what extent do the UK’s major parties accept Thatcherite ideas and policies?
    To what extent do the UK’s major parties accept Thatcherite ideas and policies? In 1975, Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Conservative Party and began the idea of Thatcherism. Margaret Thatcher believed in individuality, radical change and a strong Government that enforces the law, rather than interfering in the economy. Her ideas were seen as being very similar to classical liberalism. Under her rule, the Conservatives were no longer truly conservative, as conservatives are usually...
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  • To What Extent Was the Period of Conservative Rule 1951-64 “Thirteen Years Wasted”?
    This essay will examine the impact of the Conservative party during their period in office between 1951 and 1964. The assessments by historians of these thirteen years vary widely as the Conservative rule left behind a mixed feeling about its achievements. We will therefore be discussing to what extent their period in office can be described as “thirteen years wasted”, based on their performances in the political, economic and social sectors. When the Conservative Party came to power in...
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  • “The main reason for Conservative dominance between the years 1951-1964 was Labour disunity” assess the validity of this view.
    “The main reason for Conservative dominance between the years 1951-1964 was Labour disunity” assess the validity of this view. Labour disunity was undoubtedly significant and contributed hugely to the Conservative party’s ability to dominate politically throughout this period. However, it would be wrong to argue that divisions within the Labour party are alone responsible for this. Other reasons include poor Labour leadership, the strength of the Conservatives and affluence between the years...
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  • Do You Agree with the View That the Conservative Party’s Policies in the Years 1951-59 “Hindered the Country’s Economic Development”?
    The Conservative Party which was leaded by Winston Churchill (1951-55) and Anthony Eden (1955-57) and Harold Macmillan (1957-63) between the years 1951-59 wanted, according to their manifesto in 1951, to stop all further nationalisation. The Iron and Steel Act will be repealed and the Steel industry allowed resuming its achievements of the war and post-war years. To supervise prices and development we shall revive, if necessary with added powers, the former Iron and Steel Board representing the...
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  • Do You Agree with the View That ‘the Conservatives Were Certain to Win’ the 1979 General Election?
    Many believed that Thatcher offered an alternative to the Labour government, a change, so after Callaghan’s government was destroyed by economic crises, rising unemployment, hostile trade unions and political misjudgements the Conservatives had a landslide victory with 43.9% of the vote. Before the Conservative rise to power with Thatcher, the Labour party had experience many troubles during their time in government, perhaps this is why the Conservatives won the General election. However was...
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  • Why, and to What Extent, Have Conservatives Placed Their Faith in Pragmatism Rather Than Principle?
    Why, and to what extent, have conservatives placed their faith in pragmatism rather than principle? Pragmatism is the idea that one should take a flexible approach to politics; using an understanding of what is best for the people and what will bring stability, it also is about what is most wanted by the people. An example of this was the post war consensus when consecutive conservative governments didn’t cancel any of the widespread reforms brought in by the labour government of 1945-51....
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  • Do you agree with the view that Conservative economic policy was a success in the years 1979-1983?
    Do you agree with the view that Conservative economic policy was a success in the years 1979-1983? The Conservative government saw its high and lows from the year 1979 to 1983 however overall it was a success, however this success was only due to the fact that the Conservatives brought about some extreme changes in relation to their economic policy. One of these extreme changes was Thatcher’s adoption of the monetarism. Sources 7 and 9 take into consideration the view that the Conservatives...
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  • ‘The main reason for conservative dominance in the years 1951 to 1964 was labour disunity’ Assess the validity of this view.
    ‘The main reason for conservative dominance in the years 1951 to 1964 was labour disunity’ Assess the validity of this view. (June 2011) Labour disunity was a huge contributing factor as to why the conservatives were able to dominate from 1951 to 1964. However, there are also other factors that assisted conservative dominance. Whether that be conservative strengths, good timing, the end of austerity or their handle on public opinion, all factors contributed to the dominant years. However,...
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  • The Conservatives’ inability to economically modernise Britain was the main reason why Labour won the 1964 election.’ Assess the validity of this statement (45)
    ‘The Conservatives’ inability to economically modernise Britain was the main reason why Labour won the 1964 election.’ Assess the validity of this statement (45) The 1964 election changed the British political landscape forever as a thirteen-year Conservative dominance crumbled at the hands of Harold Wilson and his youthful Labour Party. Historians, such as Rowe, postulate that there are a plethora of reasons to why Labour won the 1964 election, most prominently because of the Conservatives’...
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  • How Relevant Nowadays Is the Lipset- Rokkan Analysis of the Relationship Between Social Cleavage and Party Support?
    How relevant nowadays is the Lipset- Rokkan analysis of the relationship between social cleavage and Party support? In this essay I will first outline the analysis, by S.M. Lipset and S. Rokkan, of the relationship between social cleavage and party support (to be found in "Cleavage Structures, Party Systems and Voter Alignments" by Lipset and Rokkan, The Free Press, New York, 1967, pages 1-164.). I will lay out the arguments in favour of the analysis, and I will provide examples that lend...
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  • ‘Opposition Parties Don’t Win General Elections, Government Lose Them’ How Valid Is This View in Relation to the 1906 British General Election?
    ‘Opposition parties don’t win General elections, Government lose them’ How valid is this view in relation to the 1906 British General Election? The Liberals lapped on the conservatives weaknesses, and used that to their strengths. The leadership of Campbell-Bannerman proved as a success by throwing out accusations towards the Tories, like their methods of barbarism and ‘Chinese slavery.’ They also had young, dynamic MP’s and the gaining of Winston Churchill. The liberals opposed the tariff...
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  • ‘Two broad coalitions with more ideological differences within them than between them.’ To what extent is this still an accurate description of the Democratic and Republican parties?
    ‘Two broad coalitions with more ideological differences within them than between them.’ To what extent is this still an accurate description of the Democratic and Republican parties? (30 marks) American politics back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was said to be all bipartisanship. There were liberal Democrats and conservative democrats; as well as conservative Republicans and moderate Republicans. The two parties at this time were non-ideological and both encompassed a huge philosophical...
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  • few notes on Churchills 'gestapo' speech
    There is a large amount of evidence to support the idea that the broadcast spoken by Churchill in May 1945 damaged the conservative party, and very few pieces of evidence against. Source C uses the conservative broadcast of May 1945 to imply that Churchill was a deceiver though the word ‘travesty’ which is to falsely represent, in this case the labour party and their policies. This would damage the conservative party as portraying the leader as a deceitful being could cause resentment from the...
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  • One Nation Vs Thatcherism
     One nation conservatism (traditional) Vs. Thatcherism One nation conservatism (traditional) Thatcherism Pragmatic – flexible Conservatives willinbg to change policies depending on public mood Accepts positive role of the State Postwar concensus – Accepted nationalisation: Welfare, NHS. Mixing economy. Partial nationalisation. Respect for hierachy. Strong on law and order. Ideological – rigid Respect for meritochracy over hierachy. Didn’t like welfare “ State is not the problem, not...
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  • politics essay - 864 Words
    A) Define two functions of a political party. (5) One function of a political is representing its voters and members. This means that the party represents the views and policies obtained by those involved with it. For example the green party represent environmentalists. A second function of a political party is to provide the organisation and funding necessary to run campaigns for the party. For example at the 2005 general election the labour and conservative parties spent a combined total of...
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  • Individual, State and Society - 3354 Words
    This essay shall critically comment on two quotations. The first quote is by Margaret Thatcher who said: “There is no such thing as society, only individuals and their families” and the second quote is by David Cameron who said: “There is such thing as society: it’s just not the same as the state” To critically comment on these quotes that were stated in a political setting, references shall be made to the political ideologies the subjects held and the context they appeared in will be...
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  • Do you agree with the view that the government of Edward Heath was primarily a failure?
    Do you agree with the view that the government of Edward Heath was primarily a failure? Even before Heath had become Prime Minister, he had promised to change Britain for the better compared to the post-1945 consensus. After being named the ‘Selsdon man’ and the 1970 conference, Heath symbolised a new era in British politics. However, he faced many problems as PM and had to abandon his revolutionary policies before his collapse in the 1974 election. Heath symbolised a new era of...
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  • Explain why the Liberals won a landslide victory in 1906.
    They were many reasons the Liberals were so triumphant in 1906. Firstly, the main competition the Liberals faces was the Conservatives. This party however, made a great deal of mistakes which angered many Britain’s, which encouraged them to vote for another party. Not only did the flaws in the Conservative party help the Liberals win in 1906, but they supported many great policies, which made many want them in power too. In the 1900s, the conservatives were extremely popular. This was a party...
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  • Thatcher and Blair - 2850 Words
    Introduction With the campaign ‘New Labour Because Britain Deserves Better', it appeared that the new look of the Labour Party was so promising that most Britons have poured their votes for the Labour Party, and Tony Blair and his family moved to stay at the 10th Downing Street. It is said that the New Labour won the election, because they have tried to understand what British people wanted. Like it or not, the New Labour has simply followed Margaret Thatcher's achievements....
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  • To what extent has the UK political system witnessed an end to ideology?
    Daniel Bell, who has been described as “One of the leading American intellectuals of the postwar era”, suggested that the distinctive ideologies prevalent in the 20th Century will, given time, converge on common ground leading to the end of potent ideology. UK politics has exhibited signs of Daniel Bell’s prophecy with the recent movement to ‘catch all’ politics whereby political parties appeal to the widest range of the electorate possible. Arguably this has given rise to the loss of...
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  • Labours Victory 1945 - 815 Words
    How far was Labour's election victory in 1945 due to changes in social attitudes during the second world war? (24 marks) After the war had finished Labour enjoyed a political victory in 1945, they were now in charge of making the policies and choices that would best suite Britain at this rough time of economic depression. Their success was down to many different factors both during and after the war. factors such as the public wanting rid of the total war memories that are held within the...
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  • The issue of poverty under Thatcher
    Margaret Thatcher was born in 1925 and died last year, on April 8th2013. She was called the 'Iron Lady' because of her tough character. She was at the head of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990 and was elected at the general election of 1979, after a long period of discontent in the 1970s, and thanks to her promise of a new beginning for Britain. She rapidly faced unpopularity, (cartoons) but her successful leadership during the Falklands War and the division among the opposition...
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  • Did the Major Government Largely Continue Thatcherite Economic Policie
    INTRODUCTION John Major as a successor to Margaret Thatcher was always going to find life difficult. He says himself he rejected any talk of his creating 'Majorism' as Margaret created 'Thatcherism', claiming instead that "The Conservative Party does not belong to any one individual" . His priorities (at least initially) as he saw them were clear; inflation, inflation, inflation. Further to that, he aimed to reduce unemployment, although not through artificial job creation, but by...
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  • Suez Crisis - 651 Words
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