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Conservative Party Economic Policy: From Heath in Opposition to Cameron in Coalition [Hardcover]

Dr. Richard Wade
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26 July 2013

This timely and insightful analysis of Conservative economic policymaking over the past half century covers the period from Ted Heath's assumption of the leadership through the Heath, Thatcher and Major governments and up to the early years of the coalition. As well as a offering a detailed commentary on the Conservative Party's macroeconomic and microeconomic policymaking for the past 50 years it also establishes a context for the controversial austerity measures implemented by the Conservative-led Coalition that established in the wake of Britain's inconclusive general election of 2010. This is a fascinating insight into policymaking within the Conservative Party as well as an indicator of the extent to which competing conservative philosophies have impacted on the policies pursued. At a time when the Conservative Party and economic policymaking loom large on the political landscape, this book is an invaluable contribution to present debates.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (26 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137295236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137295231
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,859,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book's strength lies in its meticulous examination of original documents in the Conservative Party and National Archives, in the extensive range of interviews with key players and in its demonstration that policy-making has implicitly drawn on the twin strands of Tory paternalism and Whig liberalism.
Sir Douglas Wass, Former Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury.
Richard Wade has produced a definitive study of economic policy-making in the Conservative party from Edward Heath' premiership to the fall of John Major's government in 1997. The analysis provides a comprehensive analysis of what happened in the years when Mrs Thatcher was in Downing Street and lucidly explains why it happened. This was a period of dramatic change which shaped subsequent economic policy, making the book is a 'must read' for anyone trying to understand the origins of contemporary economic policy.
Paul Whiteley, Department of Government, University of Essex, UK.

About the Author

Dr. Richard Wade read economics at the University of Warwick before being awarded postgraduate degrees in history and in government from the University of Essex, UK. He has taught US politics, international relations, international political economy and quantitative methods and has also worked in corporate banking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 12 Aug 2013
Very detailed and well researched book. A must read for anyone studying economic during the Conservative years. Lots of raw interviews help bulk up the authors arguments
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