David Cameron and Conservative renewal

The limits of modernisation?

Edited by Gillian Peele and John Francis

David Cameron and Conservative renewal


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9153-1
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £90.00
  • Published Date: November 2016
  • BIC Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, Society & social sciences / Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies, Society & social sciences / Political parties, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies, Politics & government, Political parties, Political ideologies
  • Series: New Perspectives on the Right


This book explores the process of rebuilding the Conservative Party under David Cameron's leadership since 2005. It traces the different elements of the renewal strategy - ideological reconstruction policy reappraisal and enhanced electoral appeal - and identifies constraints from different sections of the Party, including the parliamentary party and the grassroots membership. It also explores the extent to which long-standing intra-party divisions exacerbated difficulties for the exercise of leadership.

The process of renewal has been through a number of stages and its progress has been indirect rather than linear. Although the project has been relatively successful in some respects the extent to which it has created a new Conservative Party remains contested. This book provides essential background and analysis, and will be of interest to students and scholars of British politics and government.


Introduction: The politics of Conservative renewal - Gillian Peele and John Francis
1. David Cameron's leadership and Conservative renewal - Gillian Peele
2. Constructing a new Conservatism? Ideology and values - Richard Hayton
3. Policies under Cameron: modernisation abandoned - Peter Dorey
4. The Conservative Party and a changing electorate - Matthew Burbank and John Francis
5. The parliamentary party - Philip Cowley, Mark Stuart and Tiffany Trenner-Lyle
6. Continuing fault lines and new threats: European integration and the rise of UKIP - Philip Lynch and Richard Whitaker
7. The evolving Conservative Party membership - Tim Bale and Paul Webb
Conclusion: A limited Conservative renewal? - Gillian Peele and John Francis


Gillian Peele is Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford and Associate Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford

John Francis is Research Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah

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