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Gresham College: Prof Vernon Bogdanor – British Political Parties – #1/6 – The Conservative Party – 26 September 2017

11/07/2021

The first in a lecture series on political parties

This lecture

The Conservative Party is the oldest and one of the most successful political parties in the democratic world. It has been, for many years, the natural party of government.

During the 20th century it was in government, alone or in coalition, for 67 years. What is the secret of the party’s extraordinary longevity and electoral success?

Vernon Bogdanor CBE

Vernon Bogdanor CBE is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Law, current Visiting Gresham Professor of Political History, Research Professor at King’s College London, a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Prior to 2010, Professor Bogdanor was a Fellow of Brasenose College and Professor of Government at Oxford University.

He has been an adviser to a number of governments, including those of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Israel and Slovakia. His books include The People and the Party System, Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution, Power and the People, and Devolution in the United Kingdom. He is a frequent contributor to TV, radio and the press and is a sometimes special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities (1982-83), and the House of Commons Public Service Committee. Most recently he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association.

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