This book offers an innovative and distinctive analysis of the Conservative Party Leadership of John Major. It addresses the absence of an in depth exploration of the much maligned, but largely misunderstood, Conservative Party leadership tenure of John Major. A comprehensive and accessible evaluation of the complexity of managing the tensions of the post-Thatcherite Conservative Party, this book breaks new ground and provides a compelling insight into the crisis of contemporary British Conservatism.
Timothy Heppell is Senior Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Huddersfield.
List of Tables and Figures; Commendatory Preface by Professor Andrew Taylor; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Conservatism and the Conservative Party: Ideology and Politics; 3. Electoral Hegemony and Governing Competence; 4. The Legislative Cohesion of the Parliamentary Conservative Party; 5. The Ideological Composition of the Parliamentary Conservative Party; 6. John Major and the Conservative Party Agenda; 7. John Major and the Power of Ministerial Appointment; 8. The Insecurity of Tenure of John Major; 9. The Political Ambitions and Leadership Style of John Major; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.