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SDP : the birth, life and death of the Social Democratic Party

Author: Ivor Crewe; Anthony King
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Launched on a wave of euphoria in 1981, the SDP aroused the hopes and enthusiasm of millions of people. Promising to break the mould of British politics, its leaders included four of the most respected figures in British public life - Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Shirley Williams and Bill Rodgers. But the SDP failed. Despite winning, with the Liberals, a quarter of the vote in two general elections, by the autumn of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Crewe, Ivor.
SDP.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(DLC) 96124555
(OCoLC)33878501
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ivor Crewe; Anthony King
ISBN: 1280813601 9781280813603 9786610813605 6610813604
OCLC Number: 607783867
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Awards: Winner of Joint winner of the 1995 W. J. M. Mackenzie Prize awarded by the Political Studies Association.
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 611 pages, [12] pages of plates) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Pre-History: 1964-1979 --
2. The Gang of Three --
3. Jenkins and the Jenkinsites --
4. Anguish: 'Severe Mental Pain' --
5. Born in Despair --
6. Defectors and Loyalists --
7. What Kind of Party, and Whose? --
8. The Golden Age: March-December 1981 --
9. Jenkins as Leader: 1982-1983 --
10. A 'Partnership of Principle' --
11. Disappointment: June 1983 --
12. New Institutions for a New Party --
13. Machinery, Members and Money --
14. A Media Party? --
15. The Party of a New Class? --
16. The SDP, the Alliance and the Electorate --
17. The Owen Ascendancy I: 1983-1985 --
18. The Owen Ascendancy II: 1985-1987 --
19. Humiliation: June 1987 --
20. The SDP Disintegrates: 1987-1988 --
21. Of Merger and a Dead Parrot --
22. Who Was to Blame? --
23. The SDP: A Study in Failure --
App. 1. Former Labour MPs, Not Elected to the 1979 Parliament, who Joined the SDP --
App. 2. SDP Peers --
App. 3. Potential Recruits to the SDP who Remained in the Labour Party.
Responsibility: Ivor Crewe and Anthony King.

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Launched on a wave of euphoria in 1981, the SDP promised to break the mould of British politics. This study, based on access to the SDP's archives and extensive interviews, chronicles the Party's  Read more...

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