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dc.contributor.advisorTaylor, Charles L.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorWhite, Stephen K.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Rebecca H.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAllan, James P.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-04T21:47:53Z
dc.date.available2011-08-04T21:47:53Z
dc.date.issued1997-04-24en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-454016449701231en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/9567
dc.description.abstractThe British Labour Party has spent eighteen years in opposition since 1979. During that time it lost four consecutive general elections to the Conservative Party. In 1997, however, it now looks set to win its first election since 1974. This thesis examines the Labour Party in opposition since 1979, using a theoretical framework informed by Anthony Giddens' structuration theory. Based on a dialectical notion of the structure and agency linkage, a two-tiered framework is constructed which at one level views a political party as consisting of a set of structures which can constrain and enable party leaders in their attempts to make the party electorally successful, and at another level the party is regarded as a collective agent in its own right, which in turn is subject to the effects of larger external structures. By comparing the strategies adopted by the Labour Party and its leaders since 1979, the thesis demonstrates that the apparent recovery in the Party's electoral fortunes has corresponded with an increase in the ability of agents to successfully negotiate structural constraints, whilst taking advantage of enabling structures. However, it is also clear that the transformation of Labour into an electorally viable party in 1997 is not solely the product of agency in the period since the last election; rather, it is the culmination of a longer-term process of party change.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsThe authors of the theses and dissertations are the copyright owners. Virginia Tech's Digital Library and Archives has their permission to store and provide access to these works.en_US
dc.source.urihttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-454016449701231en_US
dc.subjectelectoral performanceen_US
dc.subjectThe Labour Partyen_US
dc.subjectstructure and agencyen_US
dc.titleThe British Labour Party in Opposition, 1979-1997: Structures, Agency, and Party Changeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.description.degreeMAen_US


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