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Leaders of the Opposition: From Churchill to Cameron Paperback – 1 Jan 2012
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'Opposition leaders matter, but are understudied. Studying opposition leaders allows key lessons to be learnt about the nature of British democracy and representation. However, it is all too easy for scholarly attention to fall on Prime Ministers and ignore their opponent at the dispatch-box. This edited collection provides excellent critical assessments on post-war opposition leaders from Churchill to Cameron with chapters written by authoritative experts in the field. It is a significant advancement for studies of the opposition, and a key book for students and scholars of British politics.'
- Toby S. James, Lecturer in Politics, University of Swansea
'Leaders of the Opposition is an important book. It goes some considerable way to answering the question of why Leader of the Opposition is the hardest job in British politics. The book is firmly set within the context of a changed political environment, one in which leadership dynamics matter and failure is not an option. Expertly marshalled by Dr Tim Heppell, an impressive cast of contributors view opposition leaders from Churchill to Cameron against established political leadership criteria. This edited book fulfils many functions: it is a critical analysis of an under-researched position in British politics, it is a valuable contribution to understanding contemporary political leadership and it is a handbook for those contemplating the hardest job. Above all though it is a great read for students and academics.'
- Mark Bennister, Lecturer in Politics, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
About the Author
TIM BALE Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and Contemporary European Studies at Sussex University, UK PETER DOREY Reader in British Politics in the School of European Studies at the University of Cardiff, UK NIGEL FLETCHER Founder and Chairman of the Centre for Opposition Studies, UK MARK GARNETT Lecturer in British Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Lancaster, UK ED GOUGE Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, UK SIMON GRIFFITHS Lecturer in British Politics in the Department of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and Senior Research Fellow at the Social Market Foundation RICHARD HAYTON Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology at the University of Huddersfield, UK MICHAEL HILL Lecturer in British Politics in the Department of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, UK VICTORIA HONEYMAN Lecturer in British Politics in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, UK STUART MCANULLA Lecturer in British Politics in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, UK STEPHEN MEREDITH Principal Lecturer in British Politics in the Department of Education and Social Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire, UK LORD PHILIP NORTON Professor of British Politics and Director of Centre for Legislative Studies, within the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull, UK MARK STUART Research Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK KEVIN THEAKSTON Professor of British Government in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Leeds, UK
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