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Electoral Pledges in Britain Since 1918

The Politics of Promises

Editors: Thackeray, David, Toye, Richard (Eds.)

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  • Investigates the creation and evolution of electoral promises over the past century in Britain
  • Offers fresh insights into the development of political communication and democratic representation
  • Brings together historians and political scientists, with chapters covering a wide range of electoral pledges
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About this book

Nobody doubts that politicians ought to fulfil their promises – what people cannot agree about is what this means in practice. The purpose of this book is to explore this issue through a series of case studies. It shows how the British model of politics has changed since the early twentieth century when electioneering was based on the articulation of principles which, it was expected, might well be adapted once the party or politician that promoted them took office. Thereafter manifestos became increasingly central to electoral politics and to the practice of governing, and this has been especially the case since 1945. Parties were now expected to outline in detail what they would do in office and explain how the policies would be paid for. Brexit has complicated this process, with the ‘will of the people’ as supposedly expressed in the 2016 referendum result clashing with the conventional role of the election manifesto as offering a mandate for action.

About the authors

David Thackeray is Associate Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK. He is author of Forging a British World of Trade: Culture, Ethnicity and Market in the Empire/Commonwealth, c.1880-1975 (2019) and has published extensively in the field of British political history, including Conservatism for the Democratic Age: Conservative Cultures and the Challenge of Mass Politics in Early Twentieth Century England (2013).
Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter, UK. He has published widely in the fields of British, international, and imperial history. His books include Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (2013), The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches (2013) and (with Martin Thomas) Arguing about Empire: Imperial Rhetoric in Britain and France, 1882-1956 (2017). 

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-16

    Thackeray, David (et al.)

  • Election Promises and Anti-promises After the Great War

    Pages 17-46

    Blaxill, Luke

  • The ‘Woman’s Point of View’: Women Parliamentary Candidates, 1918–1919

    Pages 47-69

    Berry-Waite, Lisa

  • ‘A Fighting Man to Fight for You’: The Armed Forces, Ex-Servicemen, and British Electoral Politics in the Aftermath of Two World Wars

    Pages 71-93

    Johnson, Matthew

  • Broken Promises and the Remaking of Political Trust: Debating Reconstruction in Britain During the Second World War

    Pages 95-115

    Griffiths, Clare

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eBook 85,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Electoral Pledges in Britain Since 1918
Book Subtitle
The Politics of Promises
Editors
  • David Thackeray
  • Richard Toye
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46663-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46663-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46662-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 327
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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