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The ideological composition of the parliamentary conservative party 1992 to 1997

Heppell, Timothy (2002) The ideological composition of the parliamentary conservative party 1992 to 1997. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 4 (2). pp. 299-324. ISSN 1369-1481

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    With the emphasis on loyalty and unity and an aversion to ideological disputation the
    Parliamentary Conservative Party (PCP) has traditionally been described as a party of tendencies,
    rather than factions. The Cowley and Norton study of the ideological and factional
    basis of rebellion argues that the 1992–97 PCP adhered to the party of tendencies definition.
    However, through the development of a new three-dimensional, eight-fold typology of
    Conservatism, that involves behavioural and attitudinal mapping, it can be demonstrated
    that between 1992 and 1997 the PCP did display evidence of factionalism.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 39 (Politics and International Studies) © Political Studies Association 2002.
    Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
    J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2007
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