- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Biteback Publishing (14 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907278087
- ISBN-13: 978-1907278082
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Be In Opposition Paperback – 14 Mar 2011
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An excellent study of the central importance, but the often humiliating practicalities, of opposition. Compulsory reading for Miliband's office. --Neil Stewart, Progress Online
About the Author
Nigel Fletcher is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Opposition Studies.
Top Customer Reviews
Despite all this, the art of opposition is little studied in Britain, something that the recently formed Centre for Opposition Studies is trying to remedy and How to be in opposition is their first book. Bringing together the knowledge of eight contributors, it acts as a guide to many of the basics of opposition.
Because there has been no comparable previous publication, it spends much time detailing some of the procedural and historical details of oppositions. That makes the book an extremely useful reference source, albeit at the cost of being lighter on the more strategic questions.
It is often said that `oppositions do not win elections, governments lose them'. That frequency does not however mean it is a view that is uncontroversial, as is shown by the post-May 2010 debates over whether the Conservative Party's failure to win an overall majority was because it had failed to do what was necessary to win.Read more ›