The Political Quarterly is delighted to present a virtual issue collecting together articles on British elections and their implications, stretching all the way back to our first general election in 1931. At a time of instant opinion and excited claims of electoral novelty, we hope you will take a few moments to look at the ebb and flow of British political life in a longer historical perspective. Revisiting this historical context of contemporary British politics shows us more precisely how British politics has—and has not—changed over the last few years.
You can read the collection with articles by Sidney Webb (1932), R B McCallum (1932), Harold J Laski (1936) Peter G Richards (1945 and 1950) Arthur Butler (1959), J Enoch Powell (1959), Nicholas Deakin and Jenny Bourne (1970), William Rodgers (1979), David Howell (1983), Samuel H Beer (1997), Peter Riddell (2005), Peter Kellner (July 2005), Tim Bale (2011) and Tony Wright (2015) here.
Ben Jackson and Deborah Mabbett