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British Politics
Palgrave Macmillan UK

British Politics

Executive Editor: P. Kerr; S. Kettell
Editor: C. Hay; D. Marsh

ISSN: 1746-918X (print version)
ISSN: 1746-9198 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41293

Palgrave Macmillan UK

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Welcome to British Politics
British Politics is a journal from Palgrave Macmillan, incorporating a range of research papers and review articles from all theoretical perspectives, and on all aspects of British politics.

Special Issue on Conservative Party modernisation from opposition to government

British Politics is proud to present a Special Issue: Conservative Party modernisation from opposition to government, featuring guest editor Richard Hayton. The issue aims to bring together and interpret some of the main themes and issues of David Cameron's attempted modernisation of the Conservative Party.
The special issue introduction Whatever happened to Conservative Party modernisation? by Peter Kerr and Richard Hayton and the article Immigration and asylum policy under Cameron's Conservatives by Rebecca Partos and Tim Bale are free to access online for a limited time.
We hope you enjoy the issue.

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    British Politics offers the only forum explicitly designed to promote research in British political studies, and seeks to provide a counterweight to the growing fragmentation of this field during recent years. To this end, the journal aims to promote a more holistic understanding of British politics by encouraging a closer integration between theoretical and empirical research, between historical and contemporary analyses, and by fostering a conception of British politics as a broad and multi-disciplinary field of study. This incorporates a range of sub-fields, including psephology, policy analysis, regional studies, comparative politics, institutional analysis, political theory, political economy, historical analysis, cultural studies and social policy.

    While recognising the validity and the importance of research into specific aspects of British politics, the journal takes it to be a guiding principle that such research is more useful, and indeed meaningful, if it is related to the field of British politics in a broader and fuller sense.

    The scope of the journal will therefore be broad, incorporating a range of research papers and review articles from all theoretical perspectives, and on all aspects of British politics, including policy developments, institutional change and political behaviour. Priority will, however, be given to contributions which link contemporary developments in British politics to theoretical and/or historical analyses. The aim is as much to encourage the development of empirical research that is theoretically rigorous and informed, as it is to encourage the empirical application of theoretical work (or at least to encourage theorists to explicitly signify how their work could be applied in an empirical manner).

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