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Federalists in name only? Reassessing the federal credentials of the Liberal Democrats: An English case study

Evans, Adam 2014. Federalists in name only? Reassessing the federal credentials of the Liberal Democrats: An English case study. British Politics 9 , pp. 346-358. 10.1057/bp.2014.5

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Abstract

Of the main UK political parties, the Liberal Democrats have been unique in their commitment to federalism. This federalism stretches to the Liberal Democrats’ organisational structure and constitution and to their vision for the structure of the United Kingdom as a whole. A decade after devolution, and with proposals for further reform of the constitution, one might imagine that these federal beliefs would see the party placed at the vanguard of these constitutional debates. Looking in more detail at the party’s organisational and ideational federalism, however – and with particular emphasis on the party’s organisational and ideational English Questions – produces a very different picture, leaving the party on many fronts vulnerable to charges of being federalist in name only.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liberal Democrats; federalism; English politics; party politics; party organisation; ideology.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1746-918X
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 12:10
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/59552

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