Posted on 16/02/2011
Itwas a remarkable and landmark election. Britain at the Polls 2010 (Sage, 2010) edited by Nick Allen (RHUL) and John Bartle (Essex), tells the story of the extraordinary events leading up to and encompassing the general election of 2010. It aims to provide readers not only the background and story of these remarkable and landmark elections but also informed reflections on the election’s long term significance.
The 2010 general election was one of the most remarkable in recent history. Taking place against the backdrop of enormous economic and political turbulence, it offered, for the first time since 1997, when New Labour ousted the Conservatives, the real possibility of a change in government. With analysis of the major social, economic and political development during the 2005-2010 period, Britain at the polls 2010, assesses the impact of these developments on the election outcome. The title includes chapters that examine, amongst other issues, how David Cameron made his party electable, why Nick Clegg was able to bring his party into a coalition with the Conservatives, and how the new found embrace of the televised election debates impacted the campaigns and final outcome.
‘This book is about the extraordinary story of this election and the no less striking saga of its epilogue’ writes John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, in the foreword. ‘It is in many ways the most valuable of the wonderful Britain at the Polls series precisely because this was not a parliament, an election campaign or a set of results which can be dismissed as wholly predictable. There is an urgent need to discern not merely what happened on polling day but why it happened.’
As the authors state in their preface, ‘General elections are not just stories in their own right. They are also chapters in the unfolding story of British democracy’.
Buy it here.