Whatever happened to Conservative Party modernisation?

  title={Whatever happened to Conservative Party modernisation?},
  author={P. Kerr and R. Hayton},
  journal={British Politics},
By way of an introduction to this special issue, our aim here is to bring together and interpret some of the main themes and issues to come out of the selection of articles presented below in order to make sense of the overall fate of David Cameron’s attempted modernisation of the Conservative Party. On the basis of the evidence highlighted by each of the contributors to this issue, we make a number of arguments. First, that Cameron’s early attempts to steer the party into the centre ground of… Expand
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