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The British General Election of 2005 Paperback – 7 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 17 edition (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403944261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403944269
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'...the Nuffield series...has consistently offered both the best insider account and best analysis.' - Peter Riddell, Times

'No British election is complete without David Butler. His Nuffield studies, a unique cocktail of analysis, narrative and insider insight, are the authoritative guide to postwar electoral politics.' - Andrew Adonis, Times Literary Supplement

'A formidable achievement...The Nuffield election studies have become by now almost part of our democratic fabric.' - Anthony Howard, The Listener

'The renowned Nuffield election books demand shelf space and deserve frequent reference. Essential to the scholar of the British politics of our time.' - Robert Worcester, MORI, Parliamentary History

'Anyone familiar with previous volumes knows what a joy this book is, how it is packed with juicy morsels of political fact and incisive analysis.' - Jay Adams, Times Higher Education Supplement

'If generations to come want to know exactly what happened they have a reliable source to look it up in...the solid, objective, verifiable story of what happened, when and why, set in impeccably numerate context.' - David McKie, Guardian

'The best series anywhere on national elections.' - Lancelot L. Farrar, Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science

About the Author

DENNIS KAVANAGH is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool, UK, having previously been Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham and Senior Lecturer in Government at Manchester University. His works include Political Science and Political Behaviour, Thatcherism and British Politics, British Politics: Continuities and Change, Politics and Personalities, and The Politics of the Labour Party. He has been the co-author of the Nuffield election studies from 1974 onwards.

DAVID BUTLER, a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, UK, has been associated with the Nuffield election studies since 1945 and has been the author or co-author of each one since 1951. He is well known for his election commentaries on television and radio, and he has written widely on British, American and Australian politics.

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I have read the Butler/Kavanagh books on successive British General Elections for many years, and own the collection from 1983 to date. This book - David Butler's last - is a little disappointing measured by the hugely high standards of the rest of the series. Maybe it was just one book too many - all the previous books clock in at 350 - 380 pages, but this one has just 275 pages and the treatment of the election therefore comes across as just a little more superficial. A good example concerns the treatment of the parties in the years since the previous General Election of 2001 - this seems really thin in comparison to the previous books which have devoted far more space to the telling of this story. I wonder if we will see another in this series; if so some re-energising will need to take place.
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