From Sandals to Suits: Professionalisation, Coalition and the Liberal Democrats

@article{Evans2011FromST,
  title={From Sandals to Suits: Professionalisation, Coalition and the Liberal Democrats},
  author={Elizabeth F. Evans and Emma Sanderson-Nash},
  journal={The British Journal of Politics and International Relations},
  year={2011},
  volume={13},
  pages={459 - 473}
}
  • Elizabeth F. Evans, Emma Sanderson-Nash
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science
  • The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • The Liberal Democrats have traditionally been viewed as a ‘bottom-up’ party with a relatively high degree of influence open to grass-roots members and party activists. However, following the dramatic increase in the number of Liberal Democrat MPs at the 1997 election the party has increasingly tried to professionalise its operation, leading to a more top-down approach. This article argues that the professionalisation process has not only changed the dynamics within and between the parliamentary… CONTINUE READING
    15 Citations
    THE SQUEEZED MIDDLE? THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS IN WALES AND SCOTLAND: A POST-COALITION REASSESSMENT
    • Highly Influenced
    • PDF
    The Women’s Equality Party: Emergence, Organisation and Challenges
    • 2
    • PDF
    The Importance of Local Parties and Incumbency to the Electoral Prospects of the Liberal Democrats
    • 4
    • PDF

    References

    SHOWING 1-10 OF 32 REFERENCES
    Neither Left nor Right: The Liberal Democrats and the Electorate
    • 83
    • Highly Influential
    De facto veto?: The parliamentary Liberal Democrats
    • 12
    Coalition-Formation and Centre—Periphery Relations in a National Political Party
    • 17
    Liberal Democrat Leadership: The Cases of Ashdown and Kennedy
    • 11
    Grass-roots influence: pressure groups within the Liberal Democrats
    • 5
    Professionalism and the Millbank Tendency: The Political Sociology of New Labour's Employees
    • 31
    • PDF
    Supply or Demand? Women Candidates and the Liberal Democrats
    • 23
    SDP: The Birth, Life, and Death of the Social Democratic Party
    • 66
    Charles Kennedy: A Tragic Flaw (London: Politico’s)
    • 2006