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The Quiet Man of British Politics: the Rise, Fall and Significance of Iain Duncan Smith

Hayton, Richard and Heppell, Timothy (2010) The Quiet Man of British Politics: the Rise, Fall and Significance of Iain Duncan Smith. Parliamentary Affairs, 63 (3). pp. 425-445. ISSN 1460-2482

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This article offers a reappraisal of the performance of Iain Duncan Smith as Conservative Party leader between 2001 and 2003. The rationale for the paper stems from the relative neglect of his leadership by political scientists. The paper argues that to disregard his party leadership tenure is to fail to understand the evolution of Conservative Party politics in the era of New Labour hegemony. Utilising a range of interviews with significant Conservative elites from the era of opposition, Duncan Smith's acquisition of the party leadership and brutal removal from it are reassessed. More significantly, the paper argues that his limitations as a political leader and his poor party management style should not mask the fact that the processes of policy renewal and strategic reorientation initiated under his leadership were important precursors to David Cameron's capacity to push forward his modernisation agenda post-2005.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conservative Party; Iain Duncan Smith; ideology; party strategy; leadership
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Richard Hayton
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2010 13:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:58


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