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Tales of the unexpected: the selection of British party leaders since 1963 (2017)
Journal Article
Denham, A., & Dorey, P. (2018). Tales of the unexpected: the selection of British party leaders since 1963. British Politics, 13(2), doi:10.1057/s41293-017-0044-x. ISSN 1746-918X

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Leader of the Labour Party in 2015 stunned observers and practitioners of British politics alike. In this article, we first outline a theoretical framework that purports to explain why political parties operating in parlia... Read More

Choosing party leaders: Anglophone democracies, British parties and the limits of comparative politics (2016)
Journal Article
Denham, A. (2017). Choosing party leaders: Anglophone democracies, British parties and the limits of comparative politics. British Politics, 12(2), doi:10.1057/s41293-016-0022-8. ISSN 1746-918X

Since 1965, Britain’s major political parties have radically, and repeatedly, changed the ways in which they choose their leaders. Building on a recent comparative study of party leadership selection in the five principal Anglophone (‘Westminster’) p... Read More

‘The longest suicide vote in history’: the Labour Party leadership election of 2015 (2016)
Journal Article
Dorey, P., & Denham, A. (in press). ‘The longest suicide vote in history’: the Labour Party leadership election of 2015. British Politics, 11(3), doi:10.1057/s41293-016-0001-0. ISSN 1746-918X

The Labour leadership contest of 2015 resulted in the election of the veteran Left-wing backbencher, Jeremy Corbyn, who clearly defeated the early favourite, Andy Burnham. Yet Corbyn enjoyed very little support among Labour MPs, and his victory plung... Read More