This module will examine the political culture of the UK in the second half of the 20th century. It will consider how the political parties adapted to a mature mass electorate and major changes in mass communication. It will examine how European integration and the decline of Empire have shaped developments in British politics. It considers the patterns of political involvement in both parties and non-party organisations such as CND, and how these have shifted since the end of the Second World War. Key topics will include: the Second World War and party organisation, the impact of the welfare state on the political parties and voters, political communication, the long periods of Conservative dominance, Labour and permissive legislation, the political crises of the 1970s, the rise of Thatcherism and that of New Labour.
*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years
Professor Roger Mortimore
2 hour seminar
Module assessment - more information
1x5000-word essay (100%)