• RRP: £29.99
  • You Save: £9.59 (32%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The British General Elect... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Receive this fine as new book in 7-10 working days. Shipped from our US supplier, via Airmail. We do not ship to Denmark. Please note this title is print on demand.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The British General Election of 2015 Paperback – 15 Dec 2015

4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£20.40
£17.12 £17.08
Promotion Message Amazon Students Members Get 10% Off 1 Promotion(s)

Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
£20.40 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions

  • Amazon Students Members Get an Extra 10% Off Selected Books Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently bought together

  • The British General Election of 2015
  • +
  • The British General Election of 2010
Total price: £49.94
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2015 edition (15 Dec. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137366133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137366139
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product description

Review

Praise for previous editions

'...the Bible of General Elections.' – David Dimbleby, BBC

'...a riveting read... Forget the Blair and Mandelson works - this is easily the best political book of the year.' – Mike Smithson, PoliticalBetting.com

'It's popular academic writing at its best, combining a clear narrative (using anecdotes and quotes garnered from more than 300 background interviews) with lots of solid, meaty number-crunching.' – Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian

'Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have penned a political thriller.... The book is distinguished by the quality of its sources: the ministers, aides and strategists who open up to these academics in a way they might not to journalists.' – The Observer

'Indispensable' – Matthew d'Ancona, The Telegraph

'...magisterial...' – David Mills, Newstatesman.com

'…excellent and indispensable…' – nextleft.org

'Mandelson and Blair's books will get all the attention, but if you want real insight into the last election, Kavanagh and Cowley look like they're on the money.' – Paul Waugh, London Evening Standard

'required reading for anyone interested in British politics' – Progress

'A British General Election is not over until this book appears.' – Peter Hennessy, FBA, Attlee Professor of Contemporary History, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

'The quality of the analysis is as sharp as ever' – Lord Adonis, Fabian Review

'The original and still the best. Kavanagh and Cowley use their unparalleled access to Britain's top politicians and their backroom staff to produce an account of this historic election, and the formation of the coalition that followed it, which rings true at every level. Authoritative, fascinating, and often wryly amusing, this book once again sets the standard.' – Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Sussex University, author of The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron

'The gold standard of political writing. If you want to know what really happened in the 2010 General Election, look no further. This is the first draft of history, fresh and authoritative ... our first TV debates, the election that never was in 2007, the whole drama is explained with wit and authority.' – Gary Gibbon, Political Editor, Channel 4

'As lively as the best journalism and as rigorous as the best academic treatise, the ... series fully deserve their reputation as the best books on national elections anywhere in the world. In order to unravel the full story of the 2010 election and its extraordinary aftermath, Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have talked at length to insiders at the heart of each party's campaign – and it shows. The result is a book that fully maintains the dazzling standards set over half a century by the incomparable David Butler.'– Peter Kellner, President, YouGov

'The General Election series of books has become an institution. Dennis Kavanagh is one of the wisest minds patrolling the borders of academic politics and contemporary history and Philip Cowley is a brilliant choice to join him in maintaining the series. He is one of the sharpest chroniclers of Westminster politics: I admire his independence of judgement and willingness to puncture bubbles of media myth about the way that Parliament and Government works.' – John Rentoul, Chief Political Editor, Independent on Sunday

'The 2010 election was like no other. There is still much to learn about what happened during the campaign and Cowley and Kavanagh lay out all the facts in clear, comprehensible detail. Access to sources at the very top of the political parties ensures this book is essential reading if you want to know what really went on behind the scenes.' – Andrew Hawkins, Chief Executive, ComRes

'The 65-year-old series of books on British General Elections has become the Wisden of politics – essential reading for anyone wanting to know what happened during the campaigns and the significance of the outcome.' – Peter Riddell, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Government and former Chief Political Commentator of The Times

Review

Praise for previous editions

'...the Bible of General Elections.' – David Dimbleby, BBC

'...a riveting read... Forget the Blair and Mandelson works - this is easily the best political book of the year.' – Mike Smithson, PoliticalBetting.com

'It's popular academic writing at its best, combining a clear narrative (using anecdotes and quotes garnered from more than 300 background interviews) with lots of solid, meaty number-crunching.' – Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian

'Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have penned a political thriller.... The book is distinguished by the quality of its sources: the ministers, aides and strategists who open up to these academics in a way they might not to journalists.' – The Observer

'Indispensable' – Matthew d'Ancona, The Telegraph

'...magisterial...' – David Mills, Newstatesman.com

'…excellent and indispensable…' – nextleft.org

'Mandelson and Blair's books will get all the attention, but if you want real insight into the last election, Kavanagh and Cowley look like they're on the money.' – Paul Waugh, London Evening Standard

'required reading for anyone interested in British politics' – Progress

'A British General Election is not over until this book appears.' – Peter Hennessy, FBA, Attlee Professor of Contemporary History, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

'The quality of the analysis is as sharp as ever' – Lord Adonis, Fabian Review

'The original and still the best. Kavanagh and Cowley use their unparalleled access to Britain's top politicians and their backroom staff to produce an account of this historic election, and the formation of the coalition that followed it, which rings true at every level. Authoritative, fascinating, and often wryly amusing, this book once again sets the standard.' – Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Sussex University, author of The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron

'The gold standard of political writing. If you want to know what really happened in the 2010 General Election, look no further. This is the first draft of history, fresh and authoritative ... our first TV debates, the election that never was in 2007, the whole drama is explained with wit and authority.' – Gary Gibbon, Political Editor, Channel 4

'As lively as the best journalism and as rigorous as the best academic treatise, the ... series fully deserve their reputation as the best books on national elections anywhere in the world. In order to unravel the full story of the 2010 election and its extraordinary aftermath, Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley have talked at length to insiders at the heart of each party's campaign – and it shows. The result is a book that fully maintains the dazzling standards set over half a century by the incomparable David Butler.'– Peter Kellner, President, YouGov

'The General Election series of books has become an institution. Dennis Kavanagh is one of the wisest minds patrolling the borders of academic politics and contemporary history and Philip Cowley is a brilliant choice to join him in maintaining the series. He is one of the sharpest chroniclers of Westminster politics: I admire his independence of judgement and willingness to puncture bubbles of media myth about the way that Parliament and Government works.' – John Rentoul, Chief Political Editor, Independent on Sunday

'The 2010 election was like no other. There is still much to learn about what happened during the campaign and Cowley and Kavanagh lay out all the facts in clear, comprehensible detail. Access to sources at the very top of the political parties ensures this book is essential reading if you want to know what really went on behind the scenes.' – Andrew Hawkins, Chief Executive, ComRes

'The 65-year-old series of books on British General Elections has become the Wisden of politics – essential reading for anyone wanting to know what happened during the campaigns and the significance of the outcome.' – Peter Riddell, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Government and former Chief Political Commentator of The Times

See all Product description

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 10 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are interested in this subject (and a third of the population were so uninterested that they did not vote!), good books on it include this one or alternatively ‘Why the Tories Won’ by Tim Ross. Some will prefer one, some the other. They are different enough that I am glad I read both. Both are partly based on interviews with politicians, party workers and others, many anonymous, so they could speak freely.

This book is the latest in a series on every UK general election since 1945. It certainly gives a good understanding of what happened. It provides some surprises, and data for those who wish to check whether they agree with its conclusions, and pursue other questions of their own. (Alternatively, ‘Why the Tories Won’ by Tim Ross, is shorter, livelier, but more from just one author’s perspective and lacks an index or detailed breakdown of results, making it harder to check the author’s conclusions or to consider questions other than the ones he raises.)

Cowley and Kavanagh here cover the parties and their campaigns, the election on television, in social media, the press etc., election night, the results analysed and, for those who want more detail, or wish to attempt their own analysis, totals for the whole UK, and by region, sub-region, nation (England, Wales etc.) and for each constituency, although presented in such a way that it is sometimes hard to find the results for e.g. a particular MP's constituency.

Some points that stand out:

-Opinion polls failed to predict the outcome but did help to cause it. The polls misled people to expect a ‘hung Parliament’. The media therefore generally failed to scrutinise what a majority Conservative government might be like, concentrating on a possible left-wing majority of Labour with the SNP.
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
With the huge volume of coverage of general elections now available online - including not only the brief and superficial but the long, the detailed and the statistical - the role for a book such as Philip Cowley and Dennis Kavanagh's The British General Election of 2015 is rather different from what it was when such books provided nearly the only in-depth explanation and analysis available to anyone who does not frequent academic journals.

As a result, although the book is packed fully of juicy details and acerbic footnotes, there is little in The British General Election of 2015 which is substantially new as the overall story has already been repeatedly told and analysed. Rather, the strength of the book comes in two forms.

First, for the long-run. It is an impressively comprehensive book which from a few years hence will provide an extremely good and convenient summary of what happened and why, outlasting the more ephemeral web sources whose links rot away as sites move, change and close.

But there's also a reason for buying and reading the book now rather than bookmarking it for a second-hand purchase in a few years.

That is that the authors really understand what matters in election campaigns, such as how the campaign tactics which get the most media attention are usually not the campaign tactics which have the most impact, or how party spending restrictions in marginal seats really work (in short: they don't any more).

Based on this knowledge Cowley and Kavanagh conclude: "For all the praise which the Conservative ground team acquired, it is not obvious that they were doing very much differently from Labour ... It is difficult to identify many structural differences between the Labour and Conservative ground operations.
Read more ›
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Having a shelf of the David Butler reviews of UK general elections is the politics geek's row of Wisdens: a compendium of facts both significant and trivial, plus the narratives of who did what to whom and when. With the facts of the election now available online, Cowley and Kavanagh as Butler's heirs have pivoted towards a more detailed account of the process of the election. The story is clearly told and comprehensive, but this is no longer a book to dip in and out of while sitting on the toilet. The main strength but also the main weakness is that it, as described on the back cover, draws on "hundreds of confidential interviews". These interviews gave the authors access to the tactical minutiae of the campaigns, but some of the material is self-serving and almost gossip. In many cases there are published primary sources available to support the points made but they are not cited. The lack of references and footnotes may help the narrative roll along, but it undermines the claim that the book is an authoritative account. Authoritative accounts need authorities. Basing so much on unattributable sources makes the book a less reliable resource for students writing essays on UK politics; how authoritative were the anonymous sources? did they have ulterior motives to use the interviews to shape the narrative? where is the line between fact and opinion?

For example on p 199 the book addresses the tallying of postal votes. As a reader I have no idea who, at what level, and in which parties were the sources of this information, but it is factually incorrect. There has never been a time when UK parties "used to do this openly", it has always been surreptitious.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse