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By M. Williams

Situation and Consensus in British Politics makes a speciality of the cave in of the post-war consensus within the mid Seventies difficulty and the emergence of a brand new consensus within the Nineties. It follows this procedure via six key coverage parts together with civil carrier reform, privatisation, macro-economic administration and family with Europe. it truly is designed for college kids following classes in sleek background, politics and public coverage in addition to normal readers with an curiosity in present affairs.

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During this period Lloyd George’s strategy was to create a Centre party to resist the Labour Party now endowed with a fully socialist platform. Unfortunately for Lloyd George, the Conservative Party was already well-placed to take advantage of widespread fear of Labour among the propertied classes. As A. J. P. Taylor put it, The rise of the Labour party, which seemed to disrupt the pattern of politics, paradoxically restored the two party system in a new form. Class became the determining factor in party allegiance, and there was no place for Lloyd George, the man who bounced from one class to another.

As Max Weber observed: ‘Bureaucracy inevitably accompanies modern mass democracy’ (Gerth & Mills, 1948: 224). Employment in the Civil Service grew almost tenfold from around 30 000 in the 1860s to 280 000 by 1914 (Dowding, 1995: 22). This period also saw an immense improvement in working-class living standards: ‘Probably the most rapid general improvement in the conditions of life of the nineteenth-century worker took place in the years 1880–95’ (Hobsbawm, 1969: 162). It saw the consolidation of what was regarded until recently as the traditional working class – employed in large factories, organised in trade unions.

98). The Labour Government’s White Paper Our Competitive Future published in December 1998 began by pronouncing that ‘Britain’s goal must be to reverse a century of relative economic decline by raising the sustainable rate of growth’ in much the same way as any of its predecessors might have done since the early 1960s (Department of Trade and Industry, 1998: 6). Whether the present Government will be any more successful in addressing this problem remains to be seen. 2 The Impact of Democracy: from Parliamentary Politics to Party Politics Introduction Chapter 1 discussed the development of British capitalism since the Industrial Revolution and its political repercussions.

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