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Changing Parties

An Anthropology of British Political Party Conferences

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 25-43
  3. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 44-70
  4. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 71-93
  5. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 94-120
  6. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 121-143
  7. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 144-166
  8. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 167-190
  9. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 191-213
  10. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 214-235
  11. Florence Faucher-King
    Pages 236-245
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 246-315

About this book


Party conferences are central to the life of political parties. They contribute to setting policy agendas, developing policy options, legitimizing policy choices, building party cohesion, motivating activists and publicizing party activities to the wider public. An analysis of their evolution in Britain helps us understand the ways in which political parties change. This book combines anthropological methods with political science to analyze changing power relationships, party organizations and political culture in British political parties: Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats, The Greens.


anthropology democracy Policy Political Parties political science

About the authors

FLORENCE FAUCHER-KING is a Professor at the CEVIPOF in Sciences Po, Paris, France, where she teaches and researches. Her interests include political parties, new social movements and green politics. She has previously taught at Stirling University and she is the author of Les Habits Verts de la Politique (1999).

Bibliographic information


' Changing parties is a welcome in-depth study of the transformation of the British party conferences...This is a thoroughly-researched book which provides a welcome insight into the transformation of these annual seaside gatherings and the changes within British political parties in the 1990s; it is a welcome addition to the study of political parties and more generally to British political ethnography'. - James Stanyer, Political Studies Review