Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 15

The most important work on the ideology of modern Conservatism is Gamble (1994). Gamble (1974) ranges back in the history of Conservative ideology. Harris (1972) while nominally about the Conservative Party is much wider in its ideological range. Beer (1969/1982) is a classic on both Conservative and Labour ideology. Furious historical debates on the character of Labour ideology are best explored via Howell (1980). A pithy statement of the character of New Labour is Coates (2000). Work on nationalism generally is highly relevant to the study of the ideology of nationalist parties: see in particular the classic by Nairn (1981). Nairn is quite 'scottocentric' as are the lively, journalistic studies by Marr (1992) and Marr (1995). But invaluable on nationalist and all other ideologies is Leach (2002).

The home pages of the political parties, with their self descriptions of ideologies, are easy to find by Googling. A fascinating portal for the student of party ideology is provided by the political theory Daily Review, maintained Alfredo Perez, from the New School for Social Research in New York: http://www.politicaltheory.info.