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British Politics and European Elections 2004


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Butler, Martin Westlake
    Pages 1-48
  3. David Butler, Martin Westlake
    Pages 49-75
  4. David Butler, Martin Westlake
    Pages 76-116
  5. David Butler, Martin Westlake
    Pages 117-150
  6. David Butler, Martin Westlake
    Pages 151-176
  7. David Butler, Martin Westlake
    Pages 177-189
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 190-230

About this book


A 'non-election' in terms of popular perception, the 2004 European elections in the United Kingdom nevertheless provided a fascinating snapshot of the new, far more fluid electoral trends that have been emerging since the end of the Thatcher era, with Green, Eurosceptical, regional and single issue parties all jostling for electoral space with the bigger three. Like its predecessors, this book documents the background, framework and party preparations; recounts how the campaign unfolded; analyses the results and explores the consequences of the elections in both the British and the European context.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.European Economic and Social CommitteeBrusselsBelgium

About the authors

DAVID BUTLER is Emeritus Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, UK. He has been associated with the Nuffield election studies since 1945, and has been the author or co-author of each one since 1951. His most recent publications include The British General Election of 2000 (with Dennis Kavanagh). He is well known for his electoral commentaries on television and radio and has written widely on British, American and Australian politics.

MARTIN WESTLAKE has served in a number of European institutions and is currently Head of Communications in the European Economic and Social Committee. He has published widely on the European institutions and British politics. His most recent publications include Kinnock: The Biography (2001) and The Council of the European Union (with David Galloway, 2004). He is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, and an Associate Member of the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull, UK.

Bibliographic information


'this is a highly readable, comprehensive and detailed account of the 2004 European elections in the UK. It is essential reading for anyone interested in British elections and the role of the EU in British politics.' - Richard Whitaker, Representation