The Conservative Party: Approaching Government?
Call for Papers
One Day Conference
Friday 12 December 2008
Centre for British Politics, University of Nottingham
Organisers: Professor Phillip Cowley, Dr Andrew Denham, Dr Steven Fielding and Dr Tim Bale (Sussex)
Once the most successful centre-right party in Europe, to such an extent the twentieth century was dubbed 'The Conservative Century', the British Conservative Party has spent the last decade in a uniquely dire position.
Having lost three general elections in a row, only now does the party appear to have recovered from its post-Thatcher malaise. Or has it? Moreover, has the party's recent opinion poll revival under David Cameron been bought at the price of abandoning much that might be described as 'Conservative'? In short: how likely is a Conservative victory at the next election and how 'Conservative' is Cameron's party?
This day conference - the first to be held by the newly-established Centre for British Politics - will examine the current state of the party. We are interested in papers dealing with any aspect of the party's development, although we are especially interested in papers touching on the following
Papers that place developments within the party in a comparative and historical perspective are particularly welcome.Paper proposals - a title, details of authors, along with a paragraph description - should be submitted by 1st September 2008 to Steven Fielding (Director, Centre for British Politics): Steven.Fielding@nottingham.ac.uk.